Saturday, June 30, 2018

Trumping the Supreme Court

Our Santa Monica beauty is still a New Yorker in many ways. Julie, formerly of Sutton Place, still gets The New York Times. She doesn't just tend to her garden and ignore the world...or the daily indignities of the Trump administration.

Among the latest...that Judge Kennedy's retirement may only SEEM inopportune. People wondering how the man could retire when he's so desperately needed to maintain ANY kind of balance on the Supreme Court should look behind him. There's his son, a "special guy" in the world of The Donald.

As the New York Times explains that:

"moments after his first address to Congress in February 2017. As he made his way out of the chamber, Mr. Trump paused to chat with the justice. 'Say hello to your boy,' Mr. Trump said. 'Special guy.'

Mr. Trump was apparently referring to Justice Kennedy’s son, Justin. The younger Mr. Kennedy spent more than a decade at Deutsche Bank, eventually rising to become the bank’s global head of real estate capital markets, and he worked closely with Mr. Trump when he was a real estate developer, according to two people with knowledge of his role.

During Mr. Kennedy’s tenure, Deutsche Bank became Mr. Trump’s most important lender, dispensing well over $1 billion in loans to him for the renovation and construction of skyscrapers in New York and Chicago at a time other mainstream banks were wary of doing business with him because of his troubled business history."

Perhaps, Justin time, and returning the many favors Trump owes the Kennedy clan, Judge Kennedy leaves the bench fully aware that The Donald will insert a crony, one who may overturn Roe v Wade. Trump's appointments to power positions have been all about favoritism and nepotism. While most of the incompetents have been laughable and many have disappeared as quickly as they arrived, a Supreme Court judge is a different matter. Mitch McConnell successfully blocked President Obama from appointing a new Supreme Court judge, and now...Deutsche Bank's Mr. Kennedy can call a debt repaid.


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