Al Franken Will Be Part Of Sotomayor’s Confirmation Hearings

By Dolores M. Bernal, NEWS JUNKIE POST

The new Senator from the State of 10,000 Lakes will be sworn in today and he’s already been given a historic task: A role in the confirmation hearings panel for Supreme Court Nominee Sonia Sotomayor.

After he is done with the senate confirmation rituals led by Vice President Joe Biden this morning, Al Franken will be part of the Senate Judiciary Committee and although he hasn’t studied law, he will be one of the senators who will hear the confirmation hearings for Obama’s chosen Supreme Court candidate.

The long anticipated confirmation hearings will begin next week and will be led by Vermont’s Patrick Leahy, a liberal democrat and the committee’s Chair. Franken has said that he will play the role of a listener more so than taking part in the grilling of nominees usual at confirmation hearings.