Just days after Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement, his family has been caught up in a scandal involving Deutsche Bank and the president of the United States.
Justin Kennedy, the son of Justice Anthony Kennedy who just announced his retirement, reportedly facilitated a $1 billion loan deal for one of the president’s many real estate projects.
The New York Times broke the story Thursday under the headline, “Inside the White House’s Quiet Campaign to Create a Supreme Court Opening.”
The Times wrote that members of the president’s family made strategic personal connections with Justice Kennedy, advising him that his judicial legacy would be preserved if he stepped down in time for Republicans to appoint his replacement ahead of the November midterms, which could easily flip the control of Congress.
Interestingly enough, two of the candidates on the president’s short list to replace the retired justice actually clerked for him, suggesting that Justice Kennedy secured the rise of his favored pupils.
While most other banks would not lend to the president due to his long record of bankruptcy filings and lawsuits, Deutsche Bank’s real estate division became one of the president’s closest business associates under the leadership of Justice Kennedy’s son.
During his tenure, the bank issued more than $1 billion in loans to the president to finance his real estate projects.
And in February, Ivanka Trump and her daughter, Arabella Kushner, attended a session of the Supreme Court as special guests of Justice Kennedy.
The entire situation reeks of collusion and manipulation, not to mention nepotism.
In light of the president’s announcement yesterday that he plans to nominate a new justice by July 9, it’s becoming increasingly clear that this was a premeditated shakeup of the courts that Kennedy was almost absolutely complicit in.
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