Democrats question Bush nominee
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APRIL 6, 2001

Democrat Senators grilled Department of Justice Solicitor General nominee Theodore Olson during the first day of his confirmation hearings before the Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

Democrats questioned if Olson, who argued the President's election case before the Supreme Court and has criticized the Clinton administration frequently, could set aside partisan politics and defend and protect the interests of the entire country. As Solicitor, he'd represent the United States before the Supreme Court and also be the one who normally decides what cases the nation will pursue before the Court.

In addition to Bush, Olson also argued successfully the case of Harold "Freddy" Rice, whose challenge to Native Hawaiian programs in Hawaii has lead to widespread changes in the state.

Republican Senators had praise for Olson.

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