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Wed Jul 11, 2018, 08:30 PM

Rosenstein asks prosecutors to help with Kavanaugh papers in unusual request

Source: NYTimes

WASHINGTON -- Rod J. Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, has asked federal prosecutors to help review the government documents of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, according to a letter obtained by The New York Times on Wednesday.

Mr. Rosenstein's request was an unusual insertion of politics into federal law enforcement. While the Justice Department has helped work on previous Supreme Court nominations, department lawyers in Washington typically carry out that task, not prosecutors who pursue criminal investigations nationwide.

But in an email sent this week to the nation's 93 United States attorneys, Mr. Rosenstein asked each office to provide up to three federal prosecutors "who can make this important project a priority for the next several weeks." Names were to be submitted to Mr. Rosenstein's office by the end of Wednesday.

Mr. Trump nominated Judge Kavanaugh on Monday to replace Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, who is retiring. In years of public service -- including work for the independent counsel investigation of President Bill Clinton, on the 2000 Florida recount and as a White House aide to George W. Bush -- Judge Kavanaugh generated a lengthy paper trail. That had Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, privately expressing concern that it might be used against him in his Senate confirmation hearings.

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According to the article Rosenstein has never sent such a broad request to US attorneys before.

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Reply Rosenstein asks prosecutors to help with Kavanaugh papers in unusual request (Original post)
pnwmom Jul 11 OP
cilla4progress Jul 11 #1
alwaysinasnit Jul 11 #11
CabalPowered Jul 12 #22
Iliyah Jul 11 #2
FakeNoose Jul 12 #18
Garion_55 Jul 11 #3
BadGimp Jul 11 #5
underpants Jul 11 #6
CincyDem Jul 11 #4
underpants Jul 11 #8
Maggiemayhem Jul 11 #9
reACTIONary Jul 11 #10
FakeNoose Jul 12 #19
paleotn Jul 11 #13
Qutzupalotl Jul 12 #16
FakeNoose Jul 12 #20
Snellius Jul 11 #7
paleotn Jul 11 #12
ancianita Jul 11 #14
turbinetree Jul 11 #15
torius Jul 12 #17
cbdo2007 Jul 12 #21

Response to pnwmom (Original post)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 08:37 PM

1. What is this about?

What does it mean?

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Response to cilla4progress (Reply #1)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 10:05 PM

11. My guess is that somewhere, somehow one or more red flags popped up in running Kavanaugh name

through some databases and Rosenstein wants a thorough check. Additionally, there may be a possibility of perjury in some of the filings that Kavanaugh submitted as part of the nomination process. And there is that odd amount declared regarding Kavanaugh's assets.

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Response to alwaysinasnit (Reply #11)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 02:32 PM

22. That would be my guess as well

You don't pay off six figures of debt in one year.

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Response to pnwmom (Original post)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 08:39 PM

2. Here's hoping that he has seen the actual light

and is going to protect America's democracy.

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Response to Iliyah (Reply #2)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 11:11 AM

18. Yes I hope you're right

Rod Rosenstein looks more like a patriot (not a partisan) every single day. Every time he opposes Cheeto, he puts his job in jeopardy. Thank you Mr. Rosenstein for standing up to this!

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Response to pnwmom (Original post)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 08:45 PM

3. I expect trump to blow his fucking stack over this

not that he will know why. but hannity will tell him its not good and he should be pissed so he will.


fucking #MAGits

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Response to Garion_55 (Reply #3)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 08:56 PM

5. you can start the timer right now...

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Response to BadGimp (Reply #5)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 09:01 PM

6. Great gif

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Response to pnwmom (Original post)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 08:52 PM

4. Gambling debt ???


Connect this with his net worth estimate. $15-50,000. After years being an attorney, some of that time in private practice. Where did all the money go and how ?

I have no data and no sources. It's just weird and I can't imagine Rod just "taking a swing" at this without having some catalytic knowledge that isn't fully developed yet.

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Response to CincyDem (Reply #4)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 09:05 PM

8. When I saw that story I was surprised. He was making $211k a year

Associate Supreme Court justices now have a $244,400 salary, up from $213,900. U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judges are getting $211,200 a year, up from $184,500. The annual salary of a U.S. District Court judge increased to $199,100 from $174,000.

I work with someone who's retired from the DoJ. Judges make their salary for life.

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Response to CincyDem (Reply #4)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 09:07 PM

9. How did you find out his net worth was so low?

That is very bizarre to be worth so little

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Response to Maggiemayhem (Reply #9)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 10:03 PM

10. WaPo...

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh piled up credit card debt by purchasing Nationals tickets, White House says

https://wapo.st/2m9ft2b

Probably has a pay wall.

Democracy Dies in Darkness

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Response to reACTIONary (Reply #10)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 11:21 AM

19. Posting excerpt from the WaPo article here

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.

The credit card debts and loan were either paid off or fell below the reporting requirements in 2017, according to the filings, which do not require details on the nature or source of such payments. Shah told The Post that Kavanaugh’s friends reimbursed him for their share of the baseball tickets and that the judge has since stopped purchasing the season tickets.


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Federal law requires only broad ranges for disclosure forms, and such filings include assets for spouses, so it is difficult to pinpoint an exact financial snapshot for an individual.

But for Kavanaugh, the differences between his finances and those of his would-be peers on the court are stark. He lists just two kinds of assets — unspecified accounts held with Bank of America, and his wife’s retirement fund from her job in Texas — totaling between $15,000 to $65,000.

His public filing does not include his home, which he purchased with his wife, Ashley, in 2006 for $1.2 million. Public real estate filings indicate that the couple has refinanced their mortgage twice, most recently in 2015. Their current mortgage is $865,000.

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.


....more at the link.

Not sure what all this means, but Americans need to know the truth!


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Response to CincyDem (Reply #4)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 10:11 PM

13. Where did the money go?

That's a damn good question. Living well beyond his considerable means it seems.

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Response to paleotn (Reply #13)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 12:38 AM

16. And who paid off the debt?

Kavanaugh did not get a raise, but somehow paid off his debt all at once. How?

P.S. Kennedy's son works at Alfa Bamk...

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Response to Qutzupalotl (Reply #16)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 11:24 AM

20. Maybe he's a ticket scalper?

It's possible, and that would be an all-cash business. (nothing would be traceable)

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Response to pnwmom (Original post)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 09:01 PM

7. Reports are that Rosenstein is pissed and fighting back after that committee inquisition

with Gowdy telling him to "finish the hell up" and Jordan accusing him of harassing staffers.
http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/394626-jordan-rosenstein-in-fiery-exchange-over-doj-documents

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Response to pnwmom (Original post)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 10:09 PM

12. Interesting....

A whiff of impropriety with respect to Kavanaugh? Justice's "smoke alarms" going off? I read that the honorable judge's personal finances are a bit of a mess. Certainly for someone in his profession and at this point in his career. Could their be some kind of quid pro quo going on? Hmmmmm. Food for thought.

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Response to pnwmom (Original post)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 11:23 PM

14. Impressive and awesome. Those papers will shut down this machiavellian nomination drive.

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Response to pnwmom (Original post)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 11:37 PM

15. I just wonder if it is about the letter sent to this Federalist Society "guy" by Durbin,

and never got a response.................when he said something in a hearing under questioning that just wasn't quite right.......................



November 2018 cannot get here fast enough........................vote

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Response to pnwmom (Original post)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 01:17 AM

17. ...and the sheer volume of papers could cause a delay, according to the article.

Delays are good.

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Response to pnwmom (Original post)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 01:51 PM

21. This seems like it should be a much bigger story...they must have a major suspicion here.

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