WASHINGTON — California’s two Democratic senators are asking the Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Com­mittee to postpone a hearing on a Los Angeles lawyer nominated as a federal appeals court judge, saying the nominee hadn’t turned over his controversial writings for review.

Sens. Kamala Harris and Di­anne Feinstein asked Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham not to move forward with a hearing Wednesday on Kenneth Lee’s nomination to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

A spokeswoman for the committee said the hearing will proceed as scheduled.

Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Judiciary panel, said in a letter with Harris on Monday that Lee repeatedly failed to pro­vide dozens of controversial writings, including on voting rights, race and civil rights.

The senators said Lee’s refusal to turn over the documents ob­structs the Senate’s vetting proc­ess for judicial nominees and sug­gests he “may continue to hold extreme and controversial views” outside the judicial main­stream.

Lee’s lack of cooperation is “a breach of the committee’s stan­dards and processes — it is not a partisan issue,” the senators wrote.

Among the controversial wri­tings Lee failed to disclose is one titled “Ebonics at Cornell,” in which Lee defended students who translated Africana Studies course descriptions into Ebonics, a variation of English that in­cludes slang and shortened words and is considered by some as racially offensive.

For ex­am­ple, the students translated “His­tory and Politics of Racism and Segregation” to “Dis Gotsa Do Wif Racism and Segregation in America and Souf Africa.”

In the article, Lee wrote: “If the Oakland School Board pro­vides politically correct, feel-good nonsense to poor urban blacks, Cornell University does the same for middle-class and af­flu­ent blacks.”

In the past month, Lee sub­mit­ted to the committee more than 75 articles that he failed to submit to in-state nominating com­missions, the senators wrote.

“A nominee for a lifetime ap­point­ment to the federal bench must be forthcoming and demonstrate respect for the prerogatives of the United States. It is clear that Mr. Lee’s pro­duc­tion of materials to the com­mittee has not been “true and accurate,’ ” they added.

Harris and Feinstein did not sign off on Lee or two other White House nominees for open Cal­if­ornia seats on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, a breach of a longtime Senate custom that gives lawmakers a chance to weigh in on a judicial nominee from their home state by submitting a blue-colored form called the “blue slip.” A pos­it­ive blue slip signals the Senate can move forward with the nom­ination process.

President Donald Trump and the GOP-controlled Senate have ig­nored the blue-slip tradition, most recently by approving Se­at­tle attorney Eric Miller for a 9th Cir­cuit seat despite opposition from his home-state senators, both Democrats.

The San Francisco-based 9th Cir­cuit is the nation’s largest fed­eral appeals court and hears cases from nine Western states. Re­pub­licans have accused the court of having a liberal slant and have moved to break it up — an effort supported by Trump.

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