Money talks: Justice Kennedy’s retirement tied to the Trump family, Koch brothers all in on new nominee

As Americans wait for answer regarding the two families' ties, conservative Republicans are all in on Trump's future nominee.

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Since Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement from the Supreme Court of the United States this week, many connections between the Trump family and the justice have surfaced. And the revelations have many critics convinced that his retirement was bought, just as the vacant seat in the highest court is in line to be bought by the billionaire Koch brothers.

While many are asking for a “thorough investigation” to uncover the connections between the two families, evidence shows a history of “back channels” between Donald Trump and Justice Kennedy and their respective families.

According to investigation by Democratic Underground: “One back channel is the fact that Kennedy’s son, Justin, knows Donald Trump Jr. through New York real estate circles. Another is through Kennedy’s other son, Gregory, and Trump’s Silicon Valley adviser Peter Thiel. They went to Stanford Law School together and served as president of the Federalist Society in back-to-back years, according to school records. More recently, Kennedy’s firm, Disruptive Technology Advisers, has worked with Thiel’s company Palantir Technologies. Both Kennedy boys were spotted at the White House last month for the administration’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration (Justice Kennedy is Irish Catholic). In February, Ivanka Trump attended oral arguments of the Supreme Court with her daughter. She was a guest of Justice Kennedy.”

Not to mention the “extensive financial relationships between Jared Kushner and the Kennedy family,” Medium reported. According to a New York Times report, Justin Kennedy, the CEO of LNR Property, helped bail Kushner out of a billion dollar real estate deal gone bad in 2010.

Aside from the real motivations behind Justice Kennedy’s retirement, the soon-to-be vacant Supreme Court seat is ready to be bought by the Koch brothers in what is being called “one more example of big money attempt to establish a society governed by the rich.”

After Kennedy’s announcement, a spokesperson for American’s for Prosperity (AFP), just one of three Koch-backed groups, said it will spend “seven figures” to support Trump’s nominee, which will most likely be a “far-right replacement,” Common Dreams reported.

“We’re prepared to commit seven-figures to support a nominee in the mold of Gorsuch – someone who will interpret the law as written and not legislate from the bench,” Tim Mak, spokeswomen for AFP, tweeted.

And AFP is “impressed” with Trump’s list of nominees crediting him with “a great record of picking judges with a fidelity to the Constitution,” Sarah Field, vice president for judicial strategy at AFP, said.

As Americans wait for answer regarding the two families’ ties, conservative Republicans are all in on Trump’s future nominee.


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