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Miers agrees to supplement confirmation questionnaire

[JURIST] US Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers [JURIST news archive] has said that she will provide more details to the Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] after Republican and Democratic committee leaders requested that Miers resubmit her answers to a judicial questionnaire, which some members of the committee found insufficient in her first response. Committee Chairman Sen. Arlen Specter [official website] and ranking Democrat Sen. Patrick Leahy [official website], in a joint letter [text; JURIST report], asked Miers to clarify some of her earlier responses, particularly regarding her suspension from the Washington DC bar, potential conflicts of interest due to her work for the Bush administration, and communications reportedly made by the Bush administration [JURIST report] to others regarding how Miers would rule on particular cases if confirmed. The letter indicated that some of Miers' responses were incomplete and represents another setback in the nomination process. The letter also requested more information on Miers' experience working with constitutional issues [NYT report] and whether it came while working in the Bush administration. In a letter [PDF text] to the committee Wednesday, Miers wrote that she would "work to provide additional materials" as requested. The committee is expected to begin confirmation hearings for Miers on Nov. 7. AP has more.


 Text: Miers responses | Op-ed: Two Cheers for Harriet Miers

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