Every time the Supreme Court makes a controversial decision, social media users speculate about who owns Justice Brett Kavanaugh (#WhoOwnsKavanaugh and #BrettsDebts are the most popular.)
After the Texas abortion ruling, writer Greg Olear had some strong feelings about that subject.
“[T]here is nothing we can do about Barrett, Alito, or Gorsuch, and not much we can do about Thomas…But Kavanaugh is different. There is a clear playbook to removing him from the bench. And this is what must be done. Not because we don’t like his politics, although we don’t; not because we think he’s an asshole, although he is; not because he had a hissy fit at his confirmation hearing, although he did. No, we must remove him because at least twice in his life, some unknown entity endowed him with major infusions of cash, and Kavanaugh lied, under oath, about the provenance of that cash.”
Jon Cooper, a former Democratic majority leader of the Suffolk County Legislature in Hauppauge, New York, and a bundler for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign in 2008, tweeted, “I’ll donate $5,000 to the charity of their choice of any investigative reporter who finds out who paid off Brett Kavanaugh’s $200,000 credit card debts and $92,000 country club fee. There were many who retweeted and agreed.
💰 I’ll donate $5,000 to the charity of their choice of any investigative reporter who finds out who paid off Brett Kavanaugh’s $200,000 credit card debts and $92,000 country club fee.
— Jon Cooper 🇺🇸 (@joncoopertweets) September 6, 2021
One of the most tenacious conspiracy theories on the political left is that Brett Kavanaugh took bribes to maintain his country club lifestyle. And, like other conspiracy theories, this one has some internal logic issues.
Despite this, many ordinarily intelligent people who view conspiracy theories as a plague of the right appear to accept it, in part because, like so many other falsehoods, the Kavanaugh conspiracy idea began with a few facts.
Good morning and Happy Tuesday to everyone except whoever paid off Brett Kavanaugh's debt and whoever is covering it up.
He shouldn't be on SCOTUS.
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) September 7, 2021
Stephanie Mencimer wrote about his finances in 2018 in Mother Jones.
“Before President Donald Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, he had a lot of debt. In May 2017, he reported owing between $60,004 and $200,000 on three credit cards and a loan against his retirement account. By the time Trump nominated him to the high court in July 2018, those debts had vanished. Overall, his reported income and assets didn’t seem sufficient to pay off all that debt while maintaining his upper-class lifestyle: an expensive house in an exclusive suburban neighborhood, two kids in a $10,500-a-year private school, and a membership in a posh country club reported to charge $92,000 in initiation fees….No other recent Supreme Court nominee has come before the Senate with so many unanswered questions regarding finances.”
5/4 decision. Who paid Kavanaugh's debt? $200,000! #RoeVWade
— Sandi Bachom (@sandibachom) September 2, 2021
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The disappearance of the debts, as well as their magnitude, aroused enough concern that Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) questioned Kavanaugh in written follow-up inquiries if he had a gambling issue.
Then there was the $1.225 million purchase of his opulent Chevy Chase, Maryland, home in 2006. How did Kavanaugh come up with a $245,000 down payment when his financial disclosure papers showed he only had $10,000 in the bank outside of his federal retirement account?
We all deserve to know who paid off Brett Kavanaugh’s seven figure debt and bought themselves a Supreme Court seat.
— Erie Siobhan is Vaxxed to the Max 🇺🇸 (@ErieNotEerie) September 6, 2021
When officially asked, Kavanaugh told the Senate Judiciary Committee that most of his credit card debt was the result of either working on his fixer-upper home or purchasing Nats season and playoff tickets for himself and a group of guys who’d been attending to the games together for years. The White House said at the time that they had fully reimbursed him.
In terms of the rest, Kavanaugh seems to have received a lot of money from his parents, despite his duplicity in acknowledging it.
Kavanaugh’s family is wealthy. He is the sole child of a “swamp creature,” Ed Kavanaugh, a veteran lobbyist for the cosmetics business who spent his career schmoozing with Beltway insiders to thwart health and safety standards and sparring with campaigners who sought to outlaw animal testing for cosmetics.
When the older Kavanaugh resigned in 2005, he received a $13 million bonus package from the Cosmetic, Toiletry, and Fragrance Association.
This is so on point, about Kavanaugh, about Christopher Wray, about how we women would LOVE to see beery, rapey, bigoted, debt-erased, gambling Brett kicked out of his job for life. https://t.co/z6pYklNTwr
— Barbara Malmet (@B52Malmet) September 14, 2021
Kavanaugh explained in his written answers to Whitehouse, “We have not received financial gifts other than from our family, which are excluded from disclosure in judicial financial disclosure reports… [I]t bears repeating that financial disclosure reports are not meant to provide one’s overall net worth or overall financial situation. They are meant to identify conflicts of interest. Therefore, they are not good tools for assessing one’s net worth or financial situation.”
— Jim DePaolis (@wecanbanewforce) September 7, 2021
Kavanaugh may have already answered the questions about money, but there is a larger issue with him; Christine Blasey Ford‘s allegations that Kavanaugh attempted to rape her at a party while they were in high school.
Seems that this one is the actual conspiracy with teeth.
Glenn Kirschner, a former federal prosecutor, is calling for a probe into the FBI after it was revealed that 4500 allegations about then-Judge Brett Kavanaugh were disregarded and simply passed over to the White House.
During Kavanaugh’s nomination process, the FBI said they didn’t have the power to investigate him.
When Dr. Christine Blasey Ford came forward with her allegations, it sparked a national conversation. Kavanaugh was also accused by a Yale classmate of exposing himself to her while they were both in college. While conducting a background check on Kavanaugh, the FBI has been accused of not adequately investigating those allegations, as well as ignoring hundreds of others.
The FBI completed their background investigation in just four days, giving up all 4500 claims against him to White House officials.
“The very person — the very office that was trying to cram Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court down America’s throat,” said Kirschner.
The FBI only recently acknowledged to the Senate Judiciary Committee how many tips they received regarding Kavanaugh were ignored.
“At the heart of the new questions that [Christopher] Wray will face later this week, when he testifies before the Senate judiciary committee, is a 2010 Memorandum of Understanding that the FBI has recently said constrained the agency’s ability to conduct any further investigations of allegations of misconduct,” said the report.
According to Kirschner, the new administration is likely to be aware of the 4500 allegations and could launch an investigation into them. He went on to demand that Congress subpoena the 4500 citizen tips so that they can see the claims that went unnoticed.
“Let’s start doing some damn justice,” he said, noting that women in Texas deserve it as do the rest of America.
“In its years-late response to our questions, the FBI leaned hard on the notion that this MOU limited its authority to be the FBI and investigate wrongdoing. Now that we have the MOU, it’s even harder to understand the Bureau’s excuses for ignoring credible information it received. Director Wray Ought to be ready to answer my questions about this episode — I won’t stop asking until he does,” said Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse.
Back in March the FBI is now being scrutinized after allegations surfaced that its 2018 background check of Brett Kavanaugh, a supreme court justice, was faked.
The accusations were brought by Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse.
Whitehouse, a senator and former prosecutor who now serves on the judiciary committee, has called on newly-confirmed attorney general, Merrick Garland, to facilitate “proper oversight” by the Senate with new questions about how thoroughly the FBI actually, investigated Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearing.
Kavanaugh was accused by Christine Blasey Ford of sexual assault and after Ford gave emotional testimony other allegations of misconduct were made against Kavanaugh.
Ford alleged that Kavanaugh raped her while the two were in high school.
The supreme court justice was accused of sexual assault by Christine Blasey Ford and faced several other allegations of misconduct following Ford’s harrowing testimony of an alleged assault when she and Kavanaugh were in high school.