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Task Force calls on White House and Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers to be forthcoming with information and answers

Date: 
October 03, 2005

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force calls on White House and Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers to be forthcoming with information and answers; urges Senate to conduct thorough examination of nominee

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WASHINGTON, Oct. 3 — President Bush today announced his nomination of White House counsel Harriet Miers to succeed Justice Sandra Day O'Connor on the Supreme Court of the United States. The announcement comes on the heels of last week's confirmation of John Roberts as chief justice. The Senate confirmed Roberts despite the fact that the Bush administration refused to produce documents that would have shed light on Roberts' ideology and legal thinking, and Roberts' refusal to speak candidly during questioning from senators.

Statement by Eleanor D. Acheson,
Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

"This time, the White House and nominee must be more forthcoming. The stakes are simply too high. Indeed, the person who succeeds Justice O'Connor will likely provide the swing vote on critical cases that will affect the rights of Americans for generations to come. This time, stonewalling by the White House and the nominee cannot be an option. This time, the Senate must fully execute its responsibilities in the advise-and-consent process by asking the important questions — and actually getting substantive answers.

"The administration and Harriet Miers each have a duty to tell the American people about her role in and views on the numerous legal matters she has had any responsibility with related to her several positions in the executive office of the president, in addition to the nominee's obligation to make public her views on the constitutional and other legal issues raised to now Chief Justice Roberts."

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