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Ronnie White Testifies to Having Record Distorted

Aired January 18, 2001 - 10:56 a.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

DARYN KAGAN, CNN ANCHOR: I'm Daryn Kagan in Atlanta, along with Jeanne Meserve, my colleague in Washington, D.C.; also we have Bob Franken with us, following the confirmation hearing of attorney general of -- John Ashcroft as he goes for the attorney general position in the George W. Bush administration.

Bob, let's bring you in. We've been listening to Judge Ronnie White of Missouri for the last hour or so here, and his testimony of what happened during his confirmation hearing in 1999. You got the feeling, the way the senators were fawning over of the judge and all the apologies they gave of how he was handled by Senate then, that they almost wish they could take the vote over again today.

BOB FRANKEN, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, perhaps so.

He -- a little background: he is a Supreme Court judge in Missouri, as we know; and he spent quite a bit of time agonizing over whether he could do this or would he be violating any judicial ethics. And decided, by very carefully testifying as he did, he could.

He personally complained about having his record distorted and, of course, the fawning that you described was many senators saying that they sympathize with that point of view.

KAGAN: All right; Bob Franken in Washington, D.C., more ahead with you from the nation's capitol, also with Jeanne Meserve.

We'll take a break; more MORNING NEWS and more confirmation hearings at the top of the hour.

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