Sheldon Whitehouse follows the money around Brett Kavanaugh
From the squire
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse is not kidding when he recounts how black money influenced the selection of judges for the federal bench. And now he found a big fish in a little barrel. From the Guardian:
Among the concerns listed in Whitehouse’s letter to Garland were allegations that some witnesses who wanted to share their accounts with the FBI could not find anyone in the office who would accept their testimony and that he had not nominated anyone to accept or collect evidence. “This was unique behavior in my experience, as the Office is generally open to information and evidence; but in this case the shutters were closed, the drawbridge up, and there was no entry point through which members of the public or Congress could provide information to the FBI, ”Whitehouse said.
And, while the allegations regarding Christine Blasey Ford were grim and ghastly, Whitehouse also put his finger on what has always been the darkest part of this whole episode – how Kavanaugh’s large personal debt was settled. before it is confirmed.
Of course, this is part of Whitehouse’s campaign to expose the money that feeds the Conservative judicial assembly line. In fact, during the confirmation process, Whitehouse sent Kavanaugh 14 pages of follow-up questions regarding his finances. From Mother Jones:
Other questions from Whitehouse focused on the unusual history of Kavanaugh’s debt. Shortly after Trump appointed him, the Washington Post reported that since joining the DC Court of Appeals as a judge in 2006, Kavanaugh had incurred significant debt that often seemed to exceed the value of its liquidity and investment assets. His debts on three credit cards, as well as a loan to his retirement account, totaled between $ 60,000 and $ 200,000 in 2016, according to his financial disclosure forms. The following year, his debts were gone. When he appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week for his confirmation hearing, his financial disclosure form showed no liabilities other than his $ 815,000 mortgage. Her revelations show no significant financial donations, no outside income, or even a gambling windfall, like Sotomayor’s when she landed the jackpot at a Florida casino in 2008 and won $ 8,283.
(And, no, I had no idea Judge Sotomayor beat The House for Big Eight. Nice job, Madam Judge. Bill Bennett would like some advice.)
Whitehouse did a solo act on this topic at a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting some time ago. It was a show of bravery of the corruption of the judicial appointment process since the Supreme Court legalized influence peddling in Citizens United. Of course, former Judge Anthony Kennedy, whose sudden retirement opened up the place in court that Kavanaugh took, which did not go unnoticed at the time, reassured us that “the appearance of influence or access … will not cause the electorate to lose faith in our democracy. Called that one a bit early.
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