Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan wrote former President Bill Clinton a thank-you note after he nominated her the federal appeals court in 1999, saying it was the greatest honor of her life.
That was long before President Barack Obama nominated Kagan to the nation's highest court.
Kagan said, "Should I ever be lucky enough to sit as a judge, I will try every day to be worthy of it." Clinton responded that Kagan would make a wonderful judge, noting that she was "young enough to have a profound impact."
The handwritten notes were among more than 40,000 pages of documents released Friday from the Clinton presidential library. Kagan wasn't confirmed in 1999 because the Republican-led Senate didn't act on her nomination.
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