S. Hrg. 107-196: Confirmation Hearing on the Nomination of John Ashcroft to be Attorney General of the United States: Hearing before the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, One Hundred Seventh Congress, First Session, January 16-19, 2001 [open pdf - 32MB]
From the opening statement of Patrick J. Leahy: "Fundamentally, the question before us is whether Senator Ashcroft is the right person at this time for the critical position ofAttorney General of the United States. The Appointments Clauseof the Constitution gives the Senate the duty and responsibility of providing both its advice and its consent. Among the areas we will explore with Senator Ashcroft is how he fulfilled his constitutional duty as a Senator in exercising his own advise and consent authority in connection with executive and judicial nominations. We will explore the standards he would use in making recommendations to the President on executive and judicial appointments if he is confirmed as Attorney General. Most importantly, we will want to know what changes he will seek in the constitutional rights that all Americans currently enjoy. These include what positions he will urge upon the Supreme Court and, in particular, whether he will ask the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade or to impose more burdensome restrictions on a woman's ability to secure safe and legal contraceptives." Statements, letters, and material submitted for the record include those of the following: Joseph R. Biden, Jr., Sam Brownbeck, Maria Cantwell, Mike DeWine, Richard J. Durbin, Russell D. Feingold, Dianne Feinstein, Charles E. Grassley, Orrin G. Hatch, Edward M. Kennedy, Herbert Kohl, Jon Kyl, Patrick J. Leahy, Jeff Sessions, Charles E. Schumer, Bob Smith, Arlen Specter, Strom Thurmond, John Ashcroft, Collene Thompson Campbell, Gloria Feldt, Marcia Greenberger, Wade Henderson, Kenny Hulhof, Jerry Hunter, Kay Cole James, David C. Mason, Kate Michelman, B.T. Rice, Edward D. Robertson, Frank Susman, William L. Taylor, J.C. Watts, Jr., Ronnie White, Harriet Woods, Robert L. Woodson, Sr., Michael Barnes, and James M. Dunn.
S. Hrg. 107-196; Senate Hearing 107-196; Serial No. J-107-1