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New Kagan Files Show Little on DADT

New Kagan Files Show Little on DADT


New documents released from the days Elena Kagan served as an adviser to President Bill Clinton show little about the Supreme Court nominee's views on the "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

According to The New York Times, the 46,700 pages released Friday by the National Archives, including e-mail messages, are among more than 160,000 pages being sought by the Senate Judiciary Committee in advance of Kagan's confirmation hearings. The documents cover her time as deputy director of the Domestic Policy Council, where she worked from 1997 to 1999.

"A folder about the government's 'don't ask, don't tell' policy of barring gay men, lesbians and bisexuals from serving openly in the military -- which Ms. Kagan termed a 'moral outrage' while dean of Harvard Law School -- consisted largely of a lengthy report by a group critical of the policy. It contained few markings."

One issue on which Kagan did express a strong view, according to the Times, was whether to make assisted suicide a federal crime, which she called a "fairly terrible idea."

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