Posted on August 11 2018
As with everything in the Trump Regime, I mean Administration, it’s a tweet...or was it?
President Trump will nominate Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States.— The White House (@WhiteHouse) July 10, 2018
But for some of us in and around “the beltway”, we know it wasn’t this particular tweet that sent the beltway into a research frenzy. This is probably the only time I will say something “flattering” or remotely constructive about the Trump Administration. I know, I too am gasping and clutch my own pearls. Bad Spicy, so very very bad.
On November 17, 2017 sans the predictable drama and expected reality TV suspense. The Trump Administration published a list of potential Supreme Court (SCOTUS) Nominees. I was relatively disappointed. Perhaps I’m not the only one who was expecting a rose ceremony to commence forthwith at the White House Rose Garden and for the predictable never ending series of “stay tuned” and “sad” abusive tweets from a certain Toddler-in-chief.
To Trump’s credit (and yes, I actually hate myself for typing & thinking that) he published a rather long and interesting list of potential SCOTUS nominees. For the record I think all future presidents should be required to publish a list of potential SCOTUS nominees. Why? By publishing a list, it allows The Congress, Judicial think-tanks and/or advocacy groups and everyday ordinary people (like you and me) the opportunity to review and thoroughly research every potential nominee.
Yet for some reason I also expected that the July 10, 2018 White House Tweet would some how invoke images of baby angels riding bareback on unicorns, with the clouds parting, and thus showing us the way to the Judicial Stairway to Heaven.
As the record clearly reflects Brett Michael Kavanaugh was Ninth name listed on the November 17, 2017 White House release:
If you are easily offended, I suggest you stop reading this entry, right now.
For eight and a half months we, the American people knew who Trump would likely nominate. And YES Senate Democrats, I’m calling you out. You and your staff have had months to conduct a preliminary search. And while I agree and disagree with you, I can’t help but wonder, why didn’t you or your staff take the time to research these candidates?
Conversely I do think your concerns with respect to the expediency of Brett Kavanaugh has merit. I actually think that’s a false flag. There is little question that the breath and scope of Judge Kavanaugh’s judicial writings are monolithic but running to the microphone to scream: “it’s partisan they won’t release his records” this approach isn’t intellectually honest.
Oh you think I’m wrong? See the two page National Archives Letter to the Judiciary Chairman below:
To be fair the National Archives sent this letter to the GOP Chair of the Senate Judiciary committee.— SpicyFiles (@SpicyFiles) August 4, 2018
Which makes me think it’s -not- political versus limitation of Human Resources to compile said records
Link to letter👇🏻https://t.co/jE4nOehOoP pic.twitter.com/N9gQk2zMFM
ProTip, yes Kavanaugh has in fact written some eyebrow raising opinions but that’s not what’s going to make or derail the Kavanaugh confirmation. He’s a Republican;
Of course he’s going to dissent on the Affordable Health Care Act.
Of course he’s going to dissent on Roe v Wade.
Oh course he’s going to side with Corporations.
Of course he’s going to put special interests ahead of everyday people.
Last night Senator Brian Schantz tweeted the National Archives records release of -some- of Judge Kavanaugh’s writings, asking the Twitter universe to crowd Source the massive load of documents. Like many on twitter, I was happy to oblige, see below for one of the “opinions” Kavanaugh that gave me serious pause:
@brianschatz this is DEEPLY problematic, in which Kavanaugh states: a sitting POTUS can not nor should be indicted. Ties any DOJ action to be subservient to the Senate, diminishes witness proffers & testimony— SpicyFiles (@SpicyFiles) August 11, 2018
Pages 2, 5-7 PLEASE READ carefullyhttps://t.co/WGZsYEMVTo pic.twitter.com/UQPPMaOMxa
And then it occurred to me, reading each and everyone of Kavanaugh’s papers is an exercise in futility. Ideologically speaking Kavanaugh is exactly what you would and should expect from a member of The Federalist Society. It is an argument that Senate Republicans want because they know that they can win.
So in order to beat your opponent, you need to find their weakness and press down hard and firmly until they cry “uncle” as it relates to Kavanaugh, I am pretty confident if you want to really delay this confirmation hearing, you need to start digging into Kavanaugh’s finances.
Something seems really really off with his personal finances, I’ve taken the liberty of extracting what I think are serious issues and should be closely scrutinized, make sure you read all of the tweets and yes of course I linked to the original data source.
Kavanaugh had a lot of credit card debt— SpicyFiles (@SpicyFiles) August 11, 2018
(spent tens of thousands on Wash Nats tickets)
In 2016 those debts paid off.
2017 combined income >$278K
$22K per year for private school for his kids
2012-2017 Financial (statutorily required) Disclosures https://t.co/KjNRcCwSvh
Based on Kavanaugh’s public financial disclosures, I have a hard time understanding how someone who carried a lot of credit card debt could somehow magically pay off 3 different credit cards in less than two years. I’m not talking about a couple of thousands of dollars, based on Kavanaugh’s disclosures he was carrying tens of thousands of dollars in substantial credit card debt. This isn’t me ruminating about gossip, this is me looking at what Kavanaugh is required to disclose by law and asking a reasonable question:
Not to belabor the point:— SpicyFiles (@SpicyFiles) August 11, 2018
Kavanaugh had the following Credit Card liabilities:
Bank of America
Each had a Code K = $15K to $50K debt.
Let’s be fair:
average $37.5K x 3 = $112.5K in CC debt + Loan against thrift savings $37.5
How did he pay off THAT much debt in <18mos? pic.twitter.com/tekVYmo51v
Shortly after the July 10, 2018 White House tweet announcing Brett Kavanaugh’s SCOTUS nomination, the White House Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah said the following to NBC News, see July 12, 2018 article found here
“At this time, the Kavanaughs have no debts beyond their home mortgage," White House spokesman Raj Shah.
According to the Major League Baseball (MLB) Washington Nationals season tickets can range in price. From what I can discern cost range $300 to $470 per seat per game. This 2017 Washington Post article cites various cost for Nationals season tickets, I suppose it is plausible for someone to wrack up tens of thousands of dollars in credit card cost for Season Tickets. My point is reporters should do more digging. Something seems fiscally off with Kavanaugh’s Disclosures and the White House’s immediate defensive statement regarding reasonable question about Kavanaugh’s financial disclosures tells me, keep hunting.
The very fact that in Kavanaugh Financial Disclosures that he would go tens of thousands of dollars in to debt for baseball, to me that’s a real problem and it shows his lack of good judgment. If I were a Senator or on a Senator’s staff I would press Kavanaugh on his spending habits and how he paid off that credit card debt.
Last night I took the time to review a few of the National Archives Kavanaugh records and essentially stumbled upon this entry. As you can see Kavanaugh had an approved monthly travel budget of $5,000 but after a few months that budget was increased to $6,000. Granted this was in the 1990’s but still to see a >25% increase in a budget funded by tax payers, it presents yet another data point that make me question Kavanaugh’s “Financial judgement” or lack thereof.
Travel Reports:— SpicyFiles (@SpicyFiles) August 11, 2018
1) authorizations for $62/per & $52/per hotel
2) pg 5 $1,000 increase $5K to $6K
3) I think it’s worthwhile to ask what rationale was used to increase the monthly cost by 25%https://t.co/zX3R6fHXpA pic.twitter.com/UQllyk9lI1
But if you want to debate Kavanaugh’s record or the people he associates with, then you might want to read this thread from last month. I have many many questions and concerns about Kavanaugh and you should too.
Here’s s the thing about DC some of you roll you eyes as the prolific letter writing.— SpicyFiles (@SpicyFiles) July 11, 2018
1) letters a meant as to memorialize issues
2) death by a thousand paper-cuts
3) letters aren’t random, they stand the test of time
FTR Sen Leahy DID in fact sent a criminal referral to DOJ too https://t.co/urdgbl51A2
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