Americans increasingly consider the Roberts Supreme Court more of a political body than a court of law–a troubling trend. Even more troubling is this New York Times piece that says the Trump Administration conducted a “quiet campaign” to effect Justice Kennedy’s retirement before Midterms 2018. The New York Times piece, partly written by Maggie Haberman was quick to add; “There were no direct efforts to pressure or lobby Justice Kennedy to announce his resignation on Wednesday, and it was hardly the first time a president had done his best to create a court opening.”
Given the norm-breaking habit of the Trump Administration, many people including Yours Truly will take issue with this conclusory assertion by Haberman that “there were no direct efforts” to pressure Justice Kennedy into retirement before the Midterms. Dems should not treat Haberman’s conclusory assertion as Biblical truth, but instead keep inquiring into the circumstances surrounding Justice Kennedy’s seemingly strategic departure from the High Court. Any reasonable person would conclude that Justice Kennedy’s departure right before the midterm elections signals a political motivation–one highly beneficial to Trump and his GOP.
In addition to that, the Financial Times reported in 2017 that Justice Kennedy’s son was Trump’s most trusted banker at Deutsche Bank, which gave Trump loans when no U.S. bank was willing to. Deutsche Bank has also been linked to Russian money laundering and is one of the banks Special Counsel Robert Mueller is looking into in the TrumpRussia investigation. How the son of a U.S. Supreme Court Justice gets caught up in the affairs of Deutsche Bank involving Trump should be a question of the utmost importance for Dems. And Dems don’t have to take Yours Truly’s word for it, just check out this excellent thread by Amy Siskind regarding this issue.
I know we’re all focused on Justice Kennedy’s son working at Deutsche Bank at the time the bank lent Trump over $1 billion as other banks would not lend due to all of Trump’s bankruptcies. Also of note, is this $300 million loan
— Amy Siskind (@Amy_Siskind) June 30, 2018
Bottomline Dems must demand answers from retiring Justice Kennedy and indeed Chief Justice Roberts about whether he coordinated his exit with the Trump Adninistration and secondly the extent of his son's dealings with Trump while he was at Deutsche Bank and thereafter. Justice Kennedy's son's dealings with Trump raise genuine conflict of interest questions or at the very least create an appearance of impropriety. People's faith in the U.S. Supreme Court as an independent court of law is waning and stories like these only add to the mistrust. Dems must raise all these lingering questions as they fight for the U.S. Supreme Court.
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