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Sat Feb 9, 2019, 03:19 PM

Democrat promises investigation into $18 million donor who helped steal the Garland seat for Gorsuch

Source: Raw Story

Democrat promises investigation into $18 million donor who helped steal the Garland seat for Gorsuch: ‘This ain’t over’
TOM BOGGIONI
09 FEB 2019 AT 09:58 ET

Taking to Twitter on Friday night, Rhode Island Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D) hinted that there will be an investigation into a donor who gifted the Judicial Network with $18 million to steal the Supreme Court seat belonging to Merrick Garland.

As part of his observations on the Matt Whitaker hearing where he was confronted about a mysterious $1.2 million donation that funded his salary, Whitehouse said Democrats shouldn’t stop there.

‘Whitaker did political hit work for a front group called FACT that does not reveal its donors. Today he admitted that its donor was Donors Trust, an entity that hides the identity of right-wing donors. That means the unknown real donor hid behind two entities,” Whitehouse tweeted.

“Double-layered deception? Who tries that hard to hide? Not anyone up to any good,” he added.

Read more: https://www.rawstory.com/2019/02/democrat-promises-investigation-18-million-donor-helped-steal-garland-seat-gorsuch-aint/

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Reply Democrat promises investigation into $18 million donor who helped steal the Garland seat for Gorsuch (Original post)
Judi Lynn Feb 9 OP
doompatrol39 Feb 9 #1
still_one Feb 9 #3
2naSalit Feb 9 #8
MyOwnPeace Feb 9 #9
2naSalit Feb 9 #10
MyOwnPeace Feb 9 #12
2naSalit Feb 9 #13
metalbot Feb 9 #18
Botany Feb 9 #14
CrispyQ Sunday #22
PeeJ52 Feb 9 #2
Apollyonus Sunday #23
Evolve Dammit Feb 9 #4
Nitram Feb 9 #5
haele Thursday #28
INdemo Feb 9 #6
MyOwnPeace Feb 9 #11
Jake Stern Feb 9 #20
Apollyonus Sunday #24
Achilleaze Feb 9 #7
MyOwnPeace Feb 9 #15
Honeycombe8 Feb 9 #16
MyOwnPeace Feb 9 #17
EleanorR Feb 9 #19
hydrolastic Sunday #21
ck4829 Wednesday #25
Grasswire2 Wednesday #26
CanonRay Wednesday #27

Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2019, 03:31 PM

1. The Garland thing was a travesty...

...but was there anything deceptive about it?

It was basically McConnell saying "I'm not going to give this guy a hearing to even consider confirming him." Right out in the open. It wasn't like there was much more to it than that was there?

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Response to doompatrol39 (Reply #1)

Sat Feb 9, 2019, 03:47 PM

3. I agree. There will be payback for that though, and the Whitter hearing was just a prelude to that

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Response to doompatrol39 (Reply #1)

Sat Feb 9, 2019, 05:27 PM

8. Well, ys there was more to it, much more.

Whatever else would motivate McTurtle to decide to do such a thing?

More power and the opportunity to help pack the courts for generations. He knew that the election was rigged when he made that choice because he knew there would be no way for anyone to stop the packing of the courts after LOSER45 took office. And he not only shielded the coup he threatened the sitting administration if they exposed it. They should have pulled a Bezos on them instead of allow the past two years of pain and destruction take place.

I expect Mitch to be in handcuffs when a certain phase of this whole thing comes about, like when the entire crime family is marched out of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave..

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Response to 2naSalit (Reply #8)

Sat Feb 9, 2019, 05:50 PM

9. I generally accept things as "God's will"...........

and look for "reasonable" explanations as to why things happen the way they do. Thus I don't pray for things that are not within my realm of understanding or accepting - except...............

I'm on my knees hot and heavy, beseeching this one:

"Mitch to be in handcuffs when a certain phase of this whole thing comes about, like when the entire crime family is marched out of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.."

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Response to MyOwnPeace (Reply #9)

Sat Feb 9, 2019, 06:00 PM

10. thta's my current

visualization that I have going since the SOTU was a bust in that regard. I really was hoping that Jr, Jarvanka and Pence would all be arrested when the idiot entered the floor of the House and then lose his shit right there in front of the world. I wanted to see him removed by force and marched out while Speaker Pelosi stepped up and be sworn in as POTUS. That didn't happen so on to the next dream. One of them will come true, I just know it.


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Response to 2naSalit (Reply #10)

Sat Feb 9, 2019, 06:11 PM

12. Oh, WOW!

I like the way you think!

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Response to MyOwnPeace (Reply #12)

Sat Feb 9, 2019, 06:13 PM

13. Gotta dream BIGLY!

Right?

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Response to 2naSalit (Reply #8)

Sat Feb 9, 2019, 06:53 PM

18. What would motivate McTurtle?

Are you suggesting that McTurtle needed some additional motivation to prevent Scalia's bench seat from being flipped on a 5-4 court? Trump was a long shot, but had Trump lost, this delay would have been a "no-harm-no-foul" when Clinton renominated Garland.

Conspiracy theories are fun and all, but Occam's razor still applies.

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Response to doompatrol39 (Reply #1)

Sat Feb 9, 2019, 06:14 PM

14. Mitch's palms were greased with some of that 18 million?

Lock him up.

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Response to doompatrol39 (Reply #1)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 12:55 PM

22. Evidently too much of our government depends on norms & traditions.

Now it's a free-for-all. It started in the 90s when Gingrich said fuck decorum & then in 2000 the GOP just threw the rule book in the trash. The dems have been acting like it's business as usual. I think they are finally woke, but it took way too long. We'll be lucky if we get our country back & it will be decades fixing the damage they've done.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2019, 03:39 PM

2. They won't find crap... it's round robin deception. they all give to each other...

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Response to PeeJ52 (Reply #2)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 08:59 PM

23. They can subpoena witnesses like bookkeepers

and ask for documentation

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2019, 04:10 PM

4. A worthy investigation

Not sure if the Citizens United BS SCOTUS decision exempts all kinds of extreme influence such as this, but time to test the water.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2019, 04:16 PM

5. I don't understand how a donation could have had anything to do with the theft of Garland's seat on

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SCOTUS. Republicans had a majority and the Senate Majority Leader refused to bring Garland ups for a floor vote.

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Response to Nitram (Reply #5)

Thu Feb 14, 2019, 08:44 AM

28. A donation could be used as carrots to keep GOP defectors in line

And firmly in McConnell's fists. McConnell could hold that money over their heads during Election Season, and they'd pull a Collins every time a move to force a vote on Garland would occur.
McConnell wouldn't have a no-confidence situation on his hands, because the GOP values money way over any ethics or morals.

Haele

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2019, 04:20 PM

6. why did the Seante Democrats just run away from this issue

Why didn't they take this issue to court against McConnell and the Rpukes?

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Response to INdemo (Reply #6)

Sat Feb 9, 2019, 06:03 PM

11. One of the reasons

(and there are many!) that I SO want McTurtle to go down so hard is that there are many times that there should have been points of resistance. The 2 that come to mind:

1. Obviously, the Merrick Garland case. F**K Turtle - get the nomination onto the floor like the constitution requires!
Of course, this whole "situation" allows for other questions that also deserve inquiry: 1. How was he so sure Hillary wouldn't nominate him again? 2. Why wasn't he worried that Hillary wouldn't nominate someone even more "unacceptable" to his loony supporters?

2. The meeting that told PRESIDENT OBAMA and McTurtle that there was proof that the Russians were trying to influence the election.
McTurtle opposed the PRESIDENT in announcing these concerns to the public. Why????????

F**K McTurtle. I want to see him being led out of the Capital Building in cuffs, even if they have to drag him out in his shell!

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Response to MyOwnPeace (Reply #11)

Sat Feb 9, 2019, 11:22 PM

20. Where does the constitution require a floor vote on a nominee?

While the president is required to seek the advice and consent of the Senate for appointees, no where in that clause is the Senate is compelled to give either.

In fact nowhere in the constitution is there a requirement that the Senate entertain ANY request by the president.

What Turtle did was unconscionable but not unconstitutional.

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Response to Jake Stern (Reply #20)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 09:03 PM

24. It is the senate's constitutional duty

to hold an up or down vote on the nominee. By obstructing that, McTurtle violated the constitution.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2019, 04:27 PM

7. Dig for the truth!

America deserves the truth, in all things.

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Response to Achilleaze (Reply #7)

Sat Feb 9, 2019, 06:16 PM

15. But, for some of them.............

it would be rather difficult to handle, if they even tried.........



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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2019, 06:16 PM

16. OMG. The most crooked political party in our history.

I know people were crooked in the early days of the country, but I think the current Republican Party surpasses anything in criminal activity that any party in our history has ever done.

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Response to Honeycombe8 (Reply #16)

Sat Feb 9, 2019, 06:20 PM

17. It sure seems that way...........

otherwise, how can an entire party continually support an obvious traitor and thief?

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2019, 08:58 PM

19. Dark money is helping install judges that work for the rich and powerful, not the people

“On January 9, 2017, before President Trump had even taken office, JCN announced that it expected to spend it at least $10 million to support the confirmation of President Trump’s yet unnamed Supreme Court nominee,” Whitehouse writes. “This $10 million campaign came on the heels of JCN’s $7 million campaign encouraging Republicans to block President Obama’s choice, Judge Merrick Garland, for the same vacancy. JCN ran advertisements thanking Republican senators for their unprecedented partisan obstruction of Judge Garland, and then ran millions of dollars of advertisements targeting Democratic Senators to support Judge Gorsuch. In fact, you threatened that Senators who opposed Judge Gorsuch would ‘pay a heavy price in 2018.’ Subsequently, JCN’s tax return revealed that a single, anonymous $17.9 million donor accounted for 96.6 percent of its annual revenue.”

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“secret money campaigns have politicized the judicial nomination process and cast a cloud over recent nominees,” writes Whitehouse to the Judicial Crisis Network. “By a ratio of 7:1, Americans already believe the Supreme Court favors corporations over citizens. A multi-million dollar advertising campaign supporting a Supreme Court nominee further exacerbates the perception that corporate special interests have captured this Supreme Court. Corporations or ultra-wealthy individuals with millions of dollars to spend in secret on a Supreme Court nomination presumably invest their money wisely and expect to see a handsome return on that investment. Here, that means a justice who will reliably vote in favor of their narrow interests, and not fairly consider the interests of all Americans.”

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 10:29 AM

21. How can this happen? Isn't it against the law to pay money to install a judge? Also since Mitch

McConnell delayed the appointment till Trump was in office, is he part of the 18 million?

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Feb 13, 2019, 08:27 PM

25. Kick

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Feb 13, 2019, 08:30 PM

26. Investigate Justice Kennedy and his son the banker, too!

Nest of vipers!

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Feb 13, 2019, 09:18 PM

27. My money is on Sheldon Adelson

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