Probe of Bush buddy rejected
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MAY 15, 2001

Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, on Monday said he won't order a Democrat-requested investigation into allegedly misleading testimony provided by Solicitor General nominee Theodore Olson.

Hatch instead suggested Senators who still have questions about Olson's involvement in a conservative magazine's anti-Bill and Hillary Clinton project meet with him in private. Olson had told the Committee he had little involvement but others contradicted his testimony.

As Solicitor General, Olson would 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.

Olson represented Bush on the election cases last fall. He 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.

Miguel Estrada, one of Olson's partners at the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, was nominated by President George W. Bush to the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.

Get the Story:
Hatch Rejects Probe of Nominee (The Washington Post 5/15)

Relevant Links:
American Spectator -
Gibson, Dunn, & Crutcher -

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