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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) wants to know if Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court, has a gambling problem. In 2016, Kavanaugh reported credit card and personal loan debts of between $60,000 and $200,000. The 2016 debts did not appear on Kavanaugh's 2017 disclosure form because they were either entirely paid off or fell below the reporting threshold. Kavanaugh also reported between $60,000 and $200,000 in debt in 2006. Whitehouse's gambling questions stem, in part, from a publicly disclosed email from 2001 where Kavanaugh apologizes to his friends for "growing aggressive after blowing still another game of dice" on a weekend vacation in the Chesapeake Bay. Whitehouse wants to know whether Kavanaugh has gambled at any point since 2000, how many times, with whom, where and how much money he has won or lost.

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The Trump White House said these debts were the result of Kavanaugh buying baseball tickets for friends who later paid him back, as well as some spending on his home. In addition to the baseball tickets, Whitehouse is asking Kavanaugh about his membership at an expensive country club, whether he regularly plays poker and how he paid for his house.

Whitehouse questions whether the White House has been telling the truth about Kavanaugh's debts, asking if White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah gave a "wholly accurate" characterization of the sources of his debt.

"Did you tell the White House that you built up the debt by buying Washington Nationals season tickets for playoff games for yourself and a ‘handful' of friends?" the senator asks.

Additionally, Whitehouse wants Kavanaugh to explain exactly how many tickets he purchased and at what price, and to list the names of the people for whom he bought the tickets.

Shah previously told The Washington Post that Kavanaugh was reimbursed for those tickets and paid off his debt at the end of 2016. Whitehouse wants to know which of his friends reimbursed Kavanaugh for baseball tickets, when and at what price. He also wants to know how Kavanaugh paid off the rest of his debt that was not incurred from purchasing baseball tickets.

Whitehouse also asked about a series of irregularities in Kavanaugh's personal financial disclosures. How did Kavanaugh's Bank of America account increase in value from between $15,000 and $50,000 in 2009 to between $100,000 and $250,000 in 2010, if he reported no increase in non-investment income or gifts?

And Whitehouse wants more information about how Kavanaugh and his wife afforded their $1.2 million home in 2006, and how he managed to pay for membership in the Chevy Chase Club, whose initiation fee is reportedly $92,000 with annual dues of more than $9,000.

"All judicial nominees must address all questions posed to them to be voted out of committee," Davidson said.

Wow to the mf'n WOW! Okay, you'd want to think that no White House or Senate majority would push forth a SCOTUS nominee with shaky financial dealings in this day and age, but I can certainly see why Mitch McConnell warned Trump about Kavanaugh and the fact he wasn't a show in like other nominees most certainly would be. While I hope Kavanaugh never ascends to his appointed seat, it is important to put down any possibility that he might be financially compromised or has exercised disqualifying judgment. Maybe everything is wholly innocuous and doesn't remotely portray anything other than happenstance and modern upwardly mobile life. But it definitely raises a number of questions that Whitehouse is duty bound to receive answers for.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2018-09-11 09:35 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Gotta agree.

Way spooky.

#2 | Posted by eberly at 2018-09-11 09:38 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Doing a quick Google search, I did find out Ashley's dad is a doctor, but there isn't much else on them. Ashley, Brett's wife, is the town manager of The Village of Chevy Chase, 227 houses and one restaurant. No need to speculate, but again, the answers to Whitehouse's questions may tell us something more important than all the questions he received in live testimony last week.

If there's nothing untoward, the answers should be forthcoming fairly quickly, but what if there is fire emitting the smoke? Will he find some other reason to step down (because his career as a jurist if over if he doesn't get voted to the SC) certainly if he has financial issues to go with likely perjury investigations.

When Mitch (Sen. SCOTUS) has reservations, THAT should have been a warning for the rest of us, because Mitch knows how to run and how to stop SCOTUS campaigns more effectively than anyone in history.

#3 | Posted by tonyroma at 2018-09-11 09:54 PM | Reply

Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse just submitted this glaring question for Brett Kavanaugh to answer: "Have you ever sought treatment for a gambling addiction?" To be clear, the Democrats would not go down this road, with a question this accusatory, unless they have something up their sleeve to corroborate it, or else it would backfire.

We don't have any way of knowing what Senator Whitehouse and the Democrats are sitting on when it comes to Brett Kavanaugh's apparent gambling problem. But we're about to find out.

Sheldon Whitehouse is a former AUSA, so it goes to figure that he already knows the answers to many of the questions he forwarded. This is mind boggling: How could the Republicans be so arrogant to think that they can push something like this under the rug if it turns out to be what it appears?

Wonder how long it'll take for this nuke to land on cable news and more widespread social media? Woodward is taking up all the oxygen right now along with Florence. Can't imagine the conversations going on between GOP operatives in charge of Kavanaugh's nomination right now.

#4 | Posted by tonyroma at 2018-09-11 10:30 PM | Reply

Here's a related question: Are the Russians black-mailing you for your gambling problem?

#5 | Posted by Zed at 2018-09-12 08:40 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Here's a related question: Are the Russians black-mailing you for your gambling problem?

I don't think it's that. If there is something untoward with his finances, they'll likely show that he received cash infusions from other people/sources that could have (or had) issues adjudicated by Kavanaugh or possibly will have if he were to ascend to the SCOTUS. And secondarily, has he received undisclosed financial assistance not available to others due to his rank and station that could (or did) compromise his impartiality? Is he already beholden to benefactors for the elimination of his debts?

If Kavanaugh has sketchy financial business in any way tied to a gambling propensity his nomination is dead. Even the GOP couldn't lift a corpse this rancid. And ultimately it begs the question of judgment: Why would Trump nominate someone so obviously tainted when faced with so many other viable options, especially since Kavanaugh wasn't on the original short list of potential justices?

#6 | Posted by tonyroma at 2018-09-12 09:01 AM | Reply

And to be clear that this is no unsubstantiated fishing expedition, here's the email from 2001 in Kavanaugh's own words which reportedly predicated Whitehouse's questioning:

"Apologies to all for missing Friday (good excuse), and growing aggressive after blowing still another game of dice (don't recall)," the September 2001 email reads. "Reminders to everyone to be very, very vigilant w/r/t confidentiality on all issues and all fronts, including with spouses."

Whitehouse is demanding Kavanaugh explain what "issues" and "fronts" he wanted his friends to be "very, very vigilant" about with regards to "confidentiality."

www.sandiegouniontribune.com

#7 | Posted by tonyroma at 2018-09-12 09:08 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Why would Trump nominate someone so obviously tainted when faced with so many other viable options, especially since Kavanaugh wasn't on the original short list of potential justices?

#6 | Posted by tonyroma at 2018-09-12 09:01 AM | Reply

You know that answer, TONY. Kavanuagh was for when the Allies got to within three blocks of the Bunker.

#8 | Posted by Zed at 2018-09-12 10:33 AM | Reply

A gambling addiction could explain why he always looks on the verge of tears. He's always about to crack.

#9 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2018-09-12 12:07 PM | Reply

Why would Trump nominate someone so obviously tainted when faced with so many other viable options, especially since Kavanaugh wasn't on the original short list of potential justices?
#6 | Posted by tonyroma at 2018-09-12 09:01 AM | Reply
You know that answer, TONY. Kavanuagh was for when the Allies got to within three blocks of the Bunker.
#8 | POSTED BY ZED AT 2018-09-12 10:33 AM

You mean that Trump must know that Mueller understands this?

Why would Kavanaugh jump inside that burning bunker unless quid pro quo regarding debts?

#10 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2018-09-12 12:13 PM | Reply

Were Kavanaugh a Democrat he would already be branded as "Brett the bad bet!" Democrats don't know how to go after their opponents with effective language.

"Brett the bad bet" needs to be laughed out of contention. Who rescued him from his gambling debts. Did he declare that as income and pay taxes on it. How many times has this happened to "Brett the bad bet?"

#11 | Posted by danni at 2018-09-12 12:18 PM | Reply

Let me rephrase, it should be "Bad Bet Brett."

#12 | Posted by danni at 2018-09-12 12:23 PM | Reply

I heard that Sheldon Whitehouse has a crack addiction and to pay for it sells to the local high school kids. It came from a close source to his own administration. If that is true than he should resign today. It is an outrage that someone like this is on a commitee that could choose a life time judge on the supreme court.

#13 | Posted by fishpaw at 2018-09-12 12:28 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Why would Kavanaugh jump inside that burning bunker unless quid pro quo regarding debts?"

Ego or believing the Democratic party is evil are just two possibilities, though I'm not sure they would be enough to convince him to put his family in this position. It's probably debt related.

#14 | Posted by Hagbard_Celine at 2018-09-12 12:33 PM | Reply

#13 when you can't defend... deflect!

Let's get serious, Fishpaw and the rest of the poorly educated Trumpers would be okay with Bill Cosby on the Supreme Court if it meant outlawing abortion and protecting Trump from Mueller.

#15 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-09-12 01:00 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 8

This is mind boggling: How could the Republicans be so arrogant to think that they can push something like this under the rug if it turns out to be what it appears?

I don't think it's mind boggling at all.

The GOP is corrupt. Period. This is fitting for a party interested only in using government to enrich themselves.

#16 | Posted by jpw at 2018-09-12 01:28 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 5

"Whitehouse also asked about a series of irregularities in Kavanaugh's personal financial disclosures. How did Kavanaugh's Bank of America account increase in value from between $15,000 and $50,000 in 2009 to between $100,000 and $250,000 in 2010, if he reported no increase in non-investment income or gifts?"

Daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaannngg!

#17 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2018-09-12 02:12 PM | Reply

"Whitehouse also asked about a series of irregularities in Kavanaugh's personal financial disclosures. How did Kavanaugh's Bank of America account increase in value from between $15,000 and $50,000 in 2009 to between $100,000 and $250,000 in 2010, if he reported no increase in non-investment income or gifts?"

Maybe he invested in some cattle futures.

#18 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-09-12 02:16 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

See? Just like I said in #15. JeffJ still supports Kavanaugh, no matter what.

Kavanaugh could shoot a man on Fifth Avenue and not lose any supporters.

Congratulations, conservatives. You built that.

#19 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-09-12 02:20 PM | Reply

#19 lighten up, Francis.

It was a joke.

#20 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-09-12 02:20 PM | Reply

Sure, it was a joke.

And it was also your continued support of Kavanaugh.

Don't be dishonest.

Nothing in Kavanaugh's finances, including a history of ill tempered gambling, matters to you.

If it mattered to you, you wouldn't be making jokes about it.

Congratulations JeffJ, you built that. No joke.

#21 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-09-12 02:24 PM | Reply

You can leave that bait in the water, Snoofy.

I'm not biting.

#22 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-09-12 02:25 PM | Reply

Looking forward to the answers to these questions.

#23 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2018-09-12 02:25 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

ure, it was a joke.
And it was also your continued support of Kavanaugh.
Don't be dishonest.
Nothing in Kavanaugh's finances, including a history of ill tempered gambling, matters to you.
If it mattered to you, you wouldn't be making jokes about it.
Congratulations JeffJ, you built that. No joke.

POSTED BY SNOOFY AT 2018-09-12 02:24 PM | REPLY

AMEN HONEY AMEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

#24 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2018-09-12 02:28 PM | Reply

Laura,

You really shouldn't post here until you woman-up to your own disgraceful behavior.

It's unseemly.

#25 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-09-12 02:31 PM | Reply

You really shouldn't post here until you woman-up to your own disgraceful behavior.
It's unseemly.

POSTED BY JEFFJ AT 2018-09-12 02:31 PM | REPLY

Talk to the hand for this face ain't listening to you sweet cheeks.

#26 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2018-09-12 02:34 PM | Reply

This is an old story - this was reported on a while ago.

His short-term debt was due to fronting the money for buying a bunch of baseball tickets.

My dad did the same thing after the Tigers made it to the World Series in '06. He bought all of the tickets up-front and his siblings bid on games in a round-robin fashion. Once all of the games had been accounted for his siblings reimbursed him.

#27 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-09-12 02:48 PM | Reply

Laura,
You really shouldn't post here until you woman-up to your own disgraceful behavior.
It's unseemly.

#25 | POSTED BY JEFFJ AT 2018-09-12 02:31 PM

Well aren't you the daintiest snowflake. Teach her that etiquette of subtle non-responses when confronted!

Is "cattle shares" code for "disgraceful behavior"?

#28 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2018-09-12 02:52 PM | Reply

#28

It was "cattle futures" not "cattle shares".

#29 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-09-12 02:55 PM | Reply

This is an old story - this was reported on a while ago.

His short-term debt was due to fronting the money for buying a bunch of baseball tickets.

And he should be able to provide the corroborating information without much effort, right? Did your father go out and obtain credit that may surpass his annual salary to buy up to $200,000 of tickets from people who could have fronted the money themselves? Do you actually believe the story that's been floated without the requisite details proving it to be true?

No one should believe anything anyone associated with Trump says that is completely self-serving without a complete accounting with receipts.

Kavanaugh tacitly admitted in his email to A) Getting upset after losing at dice amongst his guy friends, and B) Swearing them to complete secrecy over the details he disclosed that weekend on "all issues on all fronts."

If you believe Kavanaugh's story without him disclosing the actual details of the purchases and the names of those involved (that information does NOT need to be made public by Whitehouse, just verified as truthful) you're more naive than I ever imagined.

#30 | Posted by tonyroma at 2018-09-12 03:02 PM | Reply

Congratulations, JeffJ.

You turned tail and abandoned the thread.

You built that.

#31 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-09-12 03:13 PM | Reply

I'm still not biting, Snoofy.

#32 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-09-12 03:15 PM | Reply

You're still not discussing Kavanaugh.

We know.

#33 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-09-12 03:17 PM | Reply

Joking about a topic is a way of communicating that you aren't taking the topic seriously, JeffJ.

Congratulations, you built that.

#34 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-09-12 03:18 PM | Reply

#27

#35 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-09-12 03:19 PM | Reply

JeffJ, you're tripling down on your cowardice.

Congratulations, you built that, and it seems like you aren't done yet.

Be the bigger coward. Keep posting nothing of substance!

#36 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-09-12 03:29 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Did your father go out and obtain credit that may surpass his annual salary to buy up to $200,000 of tickets from people who could have fronted the money themselves?

My dad was retired at the time so the amount he spent on tickets up front certainly exceeded his salary. He fronted the money with a credit card and probably got a boatload of points in the process AND his friends reimbursed him.

Like I said, this was heavily discussed when this story initially broke weeks ago.

#37 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-09-12 03:31 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Kavanaugh tacitly admitted in his email to A) Getting upset after losing at dice amongst his guy friends

So what? I sometimes get upset when I have a bad night of euchre and there is no money involved.

#38 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-09-12 03:33 PM | Reply

#37

That's hilarious. Not addressing the point made AND dismissing it as "old news". Funny stuff.

#39 | Posted by Corky at 2018-09-12 03:34 PM | Reply

I did address the point and followed this story when it originally broke.

The only thing this thread added was a Senator insinuating Kavanaugh has a gambling problem.

#40 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-09-12 03:37 PM | Reply

I have no issue with the questions Senator Whitehouse is proposing to Kavanaugh. They don't seem unreasonable.

#41 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-09-12 03:41 PM | Reply

#39

Yes it is. I guess being financially compromised just doesn't matter these days but when taken with the totality of what's already suspicious in Kavanaugh's finances and debt issues, along with him living in a reported $1.6 million home on a salary of less than $200k. And the rush to seat him without the full disclosure of his papers and records through the National Archives on top of everything else should give any reasonable person pause since we're dealing with the most lying, unethical administration ever as it regards issues of truth and candor.

These are serious questions deserving serious answers before anyone is asked to vote on a lifetime appointment to our highest court.

It shouldn't even be a point of contention at all. All he has to do is answer the questions and explain that he's done everything above-board financially.

#42 | Posted by tonyroma at 2018-09-12 03:49 PM | Reply

'Kavanaugh tacitly admitted in his email to A) Getting upset after losing at dice amongst his guy friends"

"So what? I sometimes get upset"

Nice deflection.

Everybody gets upset once in a while, what's the big deal?

And those sildiers who tortured people were just blowing off steam.

I can totally understand why OJ would be upset to see his ex-wife riding around in his ex-car with a new man. I'd probably get upset too.

It's totally normal for guys to get emotionally upset when they suffer a loss, what's the big deal??? It's not like his emotions affected anything important, like his finance or his judgment, right JeffJ?

#43 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-09-12 03:51 PM | Reply

Snoofy,

Seriously.

Get a job. Do something productive.

#44 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-09-12 03:52 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

The other financial questions Whitehouse asked Kavanaugh about are also interesting:

The Other Thing Kavanaugh and Trump Share: Hidden Money Stories

But I'm more interested in some of Whitehouse's other questions about finances. First, after asking about the baseball tickets, Whitehouse asks why the aspiring Justice has declared himself "exempt" from reporting certain gifts and/or reimbursements.

...The beauty of these questions is that -- while I fully expect Kavanaugh to just blow off the slew of questions he's getting this week (given that they've broken the rules everywhere else on this nomination, why the ---- not on QFRs?) -- he is now on notice that these financial issues have been noted. If he doesn't fix any non-disclosures now, he will no longer be able to claim that his failure to disclose required items was just a mistake.

And Whitehouse might believe there are more. He asks, first directly, and then at the end of the series of questions Whitehouse poses about the credit card debt, whether Kavanaugh's in debt to people he hasn't told us about.

www.emptywheel.net

#45 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-09-12 03:59 PM | Reply

Conclusion of article linked to in #45:

You see, we can argue Kavanaugh lied under oath in his confirmation until we're blue in the face. Kavanaugh, each time, will offer a well practiced lawyer's parse about how his transparently dishonest comments don't amount to perjury, and he'll get away with that.

But finances are a different issue. Whitehouse has put Kavanaugh on notice that not disclosing certain things -- like who paid for his house or paid off his season ticket debt -- will amount to lying.

So Kavanaugh may blow off these questions. But that may come back to haunt him.

#46 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-09-12 04:00 PM | Reply

Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh incurred tens of thousands of dollars of credit card debt buying baseball tickets over the past decade and at times reported liabilities that could have exceeded the value of his cash accounts and investment assets, according to a review of Kavanaugh's financial disclosures and information provided by the White House.

White House spokesman Raj Shah told The Washington Post that Kavanaugh built up the debt by buying Washington Nationals season tickets and tickets for playoff games for himself and a "handful" of friends. Shah said some of the debts were also for home improvements.

In 2016, Kavanaugh reported having between $60,000 and $200,000 in debt accrued over three credit cards and a loan. Each credit card held between $15,000 and $50,000 in debt, and a Thrift Savings Plan loan was between $15,000 and $50,000.

Prices for Nationals season ticket packages can vary widely, depending on their location in the stadium. Seats a dozen rows behind the dugout can go for as much as $6,000 apiece for an 81-game season package.

His past financial disclosure forms reveal that Kavanaugh has incurred significant credit card debt on and off for more than a decade. He previously reported between $60,000 to $200,000 in debt among three credit cards and a loan in 2006, the same year he was confirmed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Federal circuit judges draw annual salaries of about $220,000 a year, and Kavanaugh supplemented his salary with more than $27,000 in teaching income in 2017 from Harvard Law School.

Kavanaugh lives in the Village of Chevy Chase, Section 5, where his wife works as the town manager and draws a $66,000 annual salary. She began the job in 2015 and did not report any income for the prior four years.

The Kavanaughs send their two daughters to the Catholic private school of Blessed Sacrament, where tuition costs $10,025 per child.

www.washingtonpost.com

Interesting to say the least, but certainly worthy of deeper investigation given the consequences. And in conjunction with Gal's musings:
How did Kavanaugh's Bank of America account increase in value from between $15,000 and $50,000 in 2009 to between $100,000 and $250,000 in 2010, if he reported no increase in non-investment income or gifts?

#47 | Posted by tonyroma at 2018-09-12 04:06 PM | Reply

"Snoofy,
Seriously.
Get a job."

Seriously JeffJ
When you don't have an argument, you just:
Deflect!
Deflect!
Deflect!

#48 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-09-12 04:10 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Excuse me, but aside from all his other disqualifications, using AN EMAIL to ask his friends to keep their mouths shut about his gambling losses wasn't too bright either.

He was telling them to lie for him, under oath if necessary. Here's a Supreme Court nominee suborning perjury.

WOW! What a creepy crawler this guy turned out to be.

#49 | Posted by Twinpac at 2018-09-12 05:38 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

He has no gambling problem. He gambles, he goes broke, someone pays his debts, No Problem!!!

#50 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-09-13 01:19 PM | Reply

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) acknowledged Thursday that she has a document concerning Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh that she has so far refused to share, despite behind-the-scenes requests to do so from her fellow Democrats on the Senate judiciary committee.

"I have received information from an individual concerning the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court," Feinstein said in a statement. "That individual strongly requested confidentiality, declined to come forward or press the matter further, and I have honored that decision. I have, however, referred the matter to federal investigative authorities."

(T)he document in question is a letter sent to Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) that concerns a decades-old incident involving Kavanaugh and a woman. Eshoo's office has also declined to comment, saying the letter was considered casework ― and thus wouldn't be made public ― since it came from a constituent.

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) told BuzzFeed Thursday that the matter had been referred to the FBI. The FBI did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

www.huffingtonpost.com

I guess the GOPers plan to die on Kavanaugh Hill after all. Is there any question why his nomination is being rushed and thousands upon thousands of his documents hidden from Congress and the American people. Again, maybe everything is innocuous and wholly irrelevant, but why the rush? No Democrat would be elevated under similar circumstances whatsoever and I don't think there's any question that this statement is true.

#51 | Posted by tonyroma at 2018-09-13 01:49 PM | Reply

Kavanaugh's responses to the written questions submitted post hearing. assets.documentcloud.org

Responses to Sen. Whitehouse's questions begin at page 111.

#52 | Posted by et_al at 2018-09-13 02:51 PM | Reply

@rgoodlaw @rgoodlaw

Notice Kavanaugh does not answer @SenKamalaHarris' written question.

Q: whether he "communicated with" anyone who represents, advises now or in the past President Trump or the White House "including through an intermediary" about Mueller investigation"?

His answer is not a No.

minus that final, stray quotation mark.

The whole question and answer is in the photo image.

twitter.com

#53 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-09-13 03:01 PM | Reply

Sen Dianne Feinstein @SenFeinstein

NOW: Republicans just killed another Democratic motion to subpoena documents related to Brett Kavanaugh's knowledge of torture, warrantless wiretapping and other controversial policies.Verified account

@SenateDems @SenateDems

.@SenFeinstein moved to subpoena Judge Kavanaugh's records from the Bush White House – records Republicans have refused to review. Republicans voted no. What are they hiding?

#54 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-09-13 03:04 PM | Reply

Responses to Sen. Whitehouse's questions begin at page 111.

#52 | Posted by et_al

you mean his non-responses... constantly answering yes or no questions with referrals to other answers is not rally an appropriate response.

Please see my response to Question 13.

Please see my response to Question 17.a.

Please see my response to Question 18.

Please see my response to Question 32.a.

Please see my response to Question 34.a

Please see my response to 37.c

#55 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-09-13 03:09 PM | Reply

The whole process is ---------- and rotten:

Velvet Blade @velvetblade

12/ One of the focuses of @SenatorLeahy questions dealt with stolen strategy docs used to manipulate the judicial nomination process.

Emails showed KAVANAUGH knew & benefitted from these. Barbara Ledeen, Grassley's assistant, was also on those emails.

13/ Grassley KNEW about the stolen documents & benefitted from them to push through some of the most ideological Bush-era judges.

Barbara Ledeen is still his assistant. She KNEW about the stolen files.

Subversion of Rule of Law.

Benefitting form stolen material is illegal.

twitter.com

Like I said, "Something is rotten in the state of Denmark":

Flynn ally sought help from 'dark web' in covert Clinton email investigation

Barbara Ledeen, a staffer on the committee looking into Trump's Russia ties and a friend of Mike Flynn, tried to launch her own investigation into Clinton's emails

Ledeen's husband, Michael Ledeen, is also a confidant of Flynn, and co-authored a book with him last year.

Ledeen's involvement is also important because she works on the Senate judiciary committee, which is conducting an investigation into the Trump campaign. Her family's relationship with Flynn raises questions about whether Ledeen could be wielding influence over the investigation.

Grassley's spokesman said that Ledeen's 2015 inquiry had not been authorised by the judiciary committee and that the committee had only learned of it after it had been completed.

"She was instructed not to do any further follow-up once the committee learned of her involvement," the spokesman said.


www.theguardian.com

#56 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-09-13 03:17 PM | Reply

... referrals to other answers is not r[e]ally an appropriate response.

Your lay opinion is noted. However, that is standard practice for lawyers responding to written questions.

#57 | Posted by et_al at 2018-09-13 03:18 PM | Reply

#51 I wonder if the letter sent to Feinstein is legitimate or a GOP op meant to throw the press and the public off of other more substantial and more damning avenues of inquiry by getting them to rush down a #MeToo rabbit hole.

#58 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-09-13 03:21 PM | Reply

Peter Baker @peterbakernyt

White House responds to Feinstein by noting that Kavanaugh was vetted repeatedly by FBI, met with dozens of senators and sat for days of committee grilling: "Not until the eve of his confirmation has Sen. Feinstein or anyone raised the specter of new ‘information' about him."

Tom Nichols @RadioFreeTom

Tom Nichols Retweeted Peter Baker
Shorter WH: "WTF, I love the FBI now"

#59 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-09-13 04:02 PM | Reply

Your lay opinion is noted. However, that is standard practice for lawyers responding to written questions.

#57 | Posted by et_al

I am sitting. Not laying.

Lawyers are good at not answering questions with A LOT OF words signifying NOTHING.

#60 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-09-13 06:56 PM | Reply

Sounds like Kavi might have a female/sexual problem about to rear its ugly head.
2 women have come forward.

#61 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2018-09-14 02:42 AM | Reply

#60 | Posted by donnerboy

"Shakin' it over here, Boss."

#62 | Posted by et_al at 2018-09-14 05:14 AM | Reply

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