Democratic Senator Charles Schumer, N.Y., says Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers told him today "no one knows how I will rule on Roe v Wade." According to Schumer, Miers said she didn't recall talking about Roe v Wade with any administration officials.
But Schumer said when he asked Miers directly if she talked with Karl Rove about how she might rule on the case, she refused to discuss any details of her conversations. Schumer says Miers also declined to discuss hardly any issues she worked on as White House counsel.
Schumer, who sits on the Judiciary Committee, appeared disappointed after his meeting with Miers. He said his first meeting with then-SCOTUS nominee John Roberts was "far more illuminating."
As for the timing of the hearings, Schumer told reporters Republicans were planning to start confirmation hearings the week of November 7, though Democrats had not signed off on the date. Schumer wants the hearings to start much later, saying he needs more time to learn about her after little substantial information emerged from his meeting today.