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Al Franken says he’s ‘impressed’ after session with Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan

WASHINGTON — Al Franken came away from his one-on-one afternoon meeting with Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan much the same as he entered it, firmly (but not yet officially) supportive of her candidacy.
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Supreme Court Justice nominee Elena Kagan, left, meets with Sen. Al Franken on Tuesday.
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Supreme Court Justice nominee Elena Kagan meets today with Sen. Al Franken.

WASHINGTON — Al Franken came away from his one-on-one afternoon meeting with Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan much the same as he entered it, firmly (but not yet officially) supportive of her candidacy.

“I enjoyed my meeting with Elena Kagan very much,” Franken said in a statement following the 40-minute meeting.

Like fellow Judiciary Committee member Amy Klobuchar, Franken came thi-i-i-s close to endorsing Kagan without officially doing so. Also like Klobuchar, Franken doesn’t plan to formally announce his vote until after Kagan testifies before the Judiciary Committee, likely next month.

Still, the early reviews were positive.

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“I found her substantive and engaging,” Franken said. “I was impressed by her remarkable career, and it’s clear she would bring some much-needed variety to the court. We had a great, lengthy conversation about many areas of law, the confirmation process, and her views on the role of the Supreme Court.”

As reporters snapped photos of Franken and Kagan sitting in his Senate office, Franken cracked a joke that Kagan was already doing better than Sonia Sotomayor at this time last year. Sotomayor, you may remember, had broken her ankle shortly after her nomination, and was making the rounds with lawmakers with a cast on her foot.

The Chicago Sun-Times has a transcript of much of the Franken-Kagan exchange here.

Also today, Kagan’s official questionnaire (PDF) has been posted for public review.