June 14, 2010

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As an aide in the Clinton White House, Elena Kagan steeped herself in details of the Ruby Ridge controversy, an issue that Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania had zeroed in on as he sought the Republican presidential nomination.

Kagan’s handwritten notes from 1995 track Specter’s hearings, according to some of the Supreme Court nominee’s records released Friday from her days as a White House lawyer.

The wife and son of white separatist Randy Weaver had been shot to death in Idaho at the hands of federal law enforcement agents and Specter was looking into a possible FBI coverup of who gave the orders that led to the August 1992 tragedy, which also claimed the life of a deputy U.S. marshal who was shot to death.

Among the Ruby Ridge-related documents in Kagan’s files was a preparatory question-and-answer session with President Bill Clinton in which the president called for a “full accounting” on Ruby Ridge, adding that he had not been in office when the shootings took place.

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