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Saad Case


At yesterday’s hearing for Sixth Circuit judicial nominee Henry Saad, Democratic Senators refused to ask any questions. This was a protest against Senator Orrin Hatch’s decision to hold a confirmation hearing despite the opposition of both home state (Michigan) senators to Saad’s nomination. Senators Levin and Stabenow object to the confirmation of any judges from Michigan unless some of Clinton’s Michigan nominees are reappointed (including one who, conveniently enough, is related to Levin). Although it is traditional for the Senate to defer to home state Senators, Hatch claims precedent for the move. FoxNews reports on the hearing here (note there is one error in the story: Fox mistakenly claims Saad was first nominated to the Sixth Circuit in 1992 by President George H. W. Bush.)