Date: January 12, 2006
SPECTER: Senator Graham?
No comments. Wonderful.
SPECTER: Senator Cornyn?
CORNYN: I yield back my time.
SPECTER: Doubly wonderful. We're going to be going into executive session when we finish, which will be just in a few moments and we've attempted to notify all senators -- those not here -- through staff. And the purpose is to discuss in private any questions anybody may have in mind as to Judge Alito.
It doesn't suggest anything of substance, but we've adopted this practice since Justice Breyer's proceeding and do it as a matter of routine so that if there is something, by going into executive session, we do not signal that there is something. And going into executive session does not mean that there is something or that there is nothing, but it is routine.
As I explained it, I'm not quite sure why we do it, but we do it.
And it doesn't take long if you do it before lunch.
Some suggest we do it after lunch, and let me tell you, it'd be a long session. But we're going to do it before lunch and we're going to do it in the committee hearing room which has been swept -- another unnecessary item because there's nothing to say in there. But that's our procedure.