WASHINGTON (Jul. 27)
President Eisenhower said today that he was unaware of the Congressional controversy over his nomination of Solicitor General Simon E. Sobeloff to be a United States Appeals Court Judge, but that he thought the nomination was an “excellent” one.
Yesterday, the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee hearings on the Sobeloff nomination were indefinitely postponed at the request of Sen. James O. Eastland (D. Mass.) and Sen. Olin D. Johnston (D.S.C.). Both Southern Senators requested “a reasonable length of time” to study Sobeloff’s qualifications.
The President said today at his weekly news conference that he did not intend to challenge the right of Congress to make a thorough investigation. He also said that he has had a number of contacts with the Solicitor General and was impressed with his “judicial type of mind.”
Other Southern Senators and Southern pro-segregation groups have opposed the nomination of Mr. Sobeloff who is a strong advocate of racial integration in the public schools. He was nominated by President Eisenhower on July 14 to be a judge of the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The nomination is subject to Senate confirmation.