‘Judicial Torpedo’: Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse explains the GOP plot to steal the Supreme Court

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In his thirty minutes given at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) gave a presentation on the “power in the shadows” behind judicial nominee Amy Coney Barrett.

“America is worried about one thing above all else right now,” said the senator. “And it’s our health. This hearing itself is a microcosm of Trump’s dangerous ineptitude in dealing with the COVID pandemic. Trump can’t even keep the White House safe.”

He then showed a number of advocacy groups and special interest donors who were all linked and working together to push Amy Coney Barrett into the Supreme Court. Barrett, and others like her who have been appointed to positions in courts in the past four years, are all corporate-friendly, something people like the Koch brothers want as their ally.

Sheldon continued: “The big secretive influences behind this unseemly rush see this nominee as a judicial torpedo they are firing at the ACA.” He then described the millions of dollars that were being spent by someone anonymous to influence who was put in the Supreme Court. “We have again anonymous funders running through something called the Judicial Crisis Network, which is run by Carrie Severino, and it is doing PR and campaign ads for Republican judicial nominees,” he outlined.

It got $17 million – a single $17 million donation in the Garland-Gorsuch contest. It got another single $17 million donation to support Kavanaugh. Somebody, perhaps the same person, spent $35 million to influence the United States Supreme Court.

He tied the Judicial Crisis Network to the Federalist Society, which apparently is in the same hallway in the same building.

“This more and more looks like it’s not three schemes, but it’s one scheme with the same funders selecting judges, funding campaigns for the judges, and then showing up in court in these orchestrated amicus flotillas to tell the judges what to do,” he finished.

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