Senator Cornyn’s office released this a few minutes ago:
Sen. Schumer is once again attempting to create a false impression about what actually occurred at Justice Ginsburg’s confirmation hearings. Unfortunately, he omitted significant portions of questioning and neglects to include Justice Ginsburg’s own explanations of her answers.
In fact, Justice Ginsburg declined to answer Senators’ questions 55 times, on issues including:
Voting Rights Act and other race discrimination issues
Rights of the disabled
Religion and the separation of church and state
Restrictions on abortion and taxpayer funding for abortion
Foreign relations and criminal justice
Even in the issue areas that Sen. Schumer previously emphasized, such as abortion, Justice Ginsburg answered only those questions to which the Senate already knew the answers.
Justice Ginsburg was not alone. President Clinton’s second Supreme Court appointee, Justice Stephen Breyer, likewise declined to answer Senators’ questions 18 times, on issues including:
Race discrimination laws
Criminal defendants’ rights
Separation of church and state
Government regulations of industry