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I have so many question about the #KavanaughAffair. The alleged sexual assaults, the lies under oath, the boozing, the shady finances. I want to know how Kavanaugh's name was chosen. I want to know Justice Kennedy's involvement. There's enough here for a book!

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2) We know Kavanaugh was Justice Kennedy's law clerk & Kennedy wanted Kavanaugh to replace him on the SCOTUS bench.
Three questions:
a) Did Kennedy make a deal with Trump?
b) Why EXACTLY was it important for Kennedy to have Kavanaugh replace him?
c) When did the planning begin?
3) Let's try to answer c) When did the planning for Kavanaugh to replace Kennedy begin? A good place to look might be at Kavanaugh's own website. The one created to promote his candidacy for the Supreme Court bench. Gee! I wonder what the date of creation was?
4) The date of creation for Kavanaugh's website in support of his bid for the SCOTUS bench was February 8th, 2017. The website was then updated on January 24th, 2018.

🤔 Hmmmm. Remind me people...when exactly did Justice Kennedy announce his retirement from SCOTUS?
5) That's when Justice Kennedy announced his retirement. Brett Kavanaugh registered his website in support of his SCOTUS candidacy a full 16 months before Kavanaugh announced his retirement.

Is that normal? Do other judges who want to be SCOTUS justices do that?
6) Okay so to recap:

Justice Kennedy announced his retirement in June of this year, but Kavanaugh had already registered his website domain in support of his SCOTUS nomination 16 months earlier and then updated that domain again 6 months before Kennedy announced.

Curious.
7) Okay...Okay...let's go back. Why did Kennedy retire...so suddenly? Yes he is of a ripe age, but he's healthy as far as we know, and he could have continued. Then there's the fact that he had already chosen his law clerks for the following term. law.com/nationallawjou…
8) It's a BIG FRIGGIN' DEAL to be chosen as a SCOTUS law clerk. It's a long involved process. Did those clerks know Kennedy was resigning when he chose them? Many say Justice Kennedy was not planning to retire...but then something happened.
9) Looks like this is where Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump and Justice Anthony Kennedy's son, Justin, might come into the picture. Wow! There's a Devil's Triangle for you.
10) In the 1980s & 1990s Trump was in deep financial trouble. That guy was FLAT BROKE and no bank would give him loans. Enter Deutsche Bank who came to Trump’s rescue. Justin Kennedy was in charge of the real estate division for part of that time.
11) The Financial Times printed that Justin Kennedy was “one of Mr Trump’s most trusted associates over a 12-year spell at Deutsche.” A review of Kennedy’s bio suggests those twelve years were 1997 through 2009 – key years for Trump. talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/say-hel…
12) Deutsche Bank had MAJOR problems with money laundering, particularly money laundering tied to Russia. The bank was fined $425 million dollars for these illegal schemes. Was Justin Kennedy involved? Is he caught up in the Russia probe? dfs.ny.gov/about/press/pr…
13) Kennedy left Deutsche Bank in 2009 to found a company called LNR Property LLC. You're never gonna guess how he becomes involved with the Trump clan once again.
14) As co-CEO of LNR Property, Justin Kennedy once again came to the rescue of the Trump family. He rescued Jared Kushner who bought 666 5th Avenue at the top of the market and desperately needed a financial bail-out in 2011.
15) Donald Trump, Jared Kushner and Justin Kennedy were all so cushy with one another. I'm certain this is a plot line which the Mueller investigation and the NY Attorney General's office is not ignoring. Where there's smoke, there's fire and this is a towering inferno!
16) To be fair, Justin Kennedy did not initiate the relationship Trump had with Deutsche Bank. His tenure began a bit later, but he provided $1 BILLION in loans to Trump during a time when Trump’s Russian money laundering was probably at it’s height. Hello Mr. Mueller!
17) Justin Kennedy connected Russian buyers seeking expensive real estate with Donald Trump. Does that link him with Trump's real estate money laundering schemes? Is Justin Kennedy in the cross hairs of the Mueller investigation? You tell me!
18) Let's shift back to LNR, whose co-CEO is Justin Kennedy. What was Kennedy's involvement in Kushner's 666 5th Ave property. Jared Kushner orchestrated the deal to buy 666 during a time when his father, Charles Kushner, was in jail for tax evasion and witness tampering.
19) The special servicer of the loan, according to financial records was Justin Kennedy's LNR Partners. It was not a good investment. nytimes.com/2012/01/18/rea…
20) Frankly this is all way over my head. I'll leave it up to financial whiz kids to sort out. I can't help but think these Donald Trump-Justin Kennedy-Jared Kushner-Anthony Kennedy connections are suspicious. Something doesn't feel right.
21) What about Anthony Kennedy's other son, Gregory? What's his story? Greg Kennedy is a lawyer who was at Stanford and served as the president of the Federalist Society there.
22) Greg Kennedy and Trump Silicon Valley advisor and campaign supporter, Peter Thiel, were back-to-back Stanford Law Federalist Society presidents.

But wait! There's more!

politico.com/story/2017/04/…
23) Greg Kennedy's firm "Disruptive Technology Advisors" (what an interesting name) worked with Thiel's company, Palantir Technologies. And Palantir Technologies helped Cambridge Analytica push the Trump campaign via Facebook.

But wait! There's more!
nytimes.com/2016/10/19/bus…
24) Greg Kennedy was then given a job by Trump as part of his "Beachhead" team to be his eyes and ears at NASA. He ONLY got the job because of connections with Peter Thiel and his dad, Justice Anthony Kennedy.

(Greg strikes me as a bit of a sad sack.)

25) Trump's "Beachhead" teams are have been installed by Trump to be his spies in federal institutions like NASA. They're in every department from Agriculture to Veterans Affairs.

(They almost sound like a team of political secret police)
projects.propublica.org/graphics/beach…
26) With all these unsavory connections between Anthony Kennedy's sons and Trump, one questions whether there's a relationship between trouble Justin Kennedy might be in with the Mueller probe. Or did Greg Kennedy's need for a job influence Kennedy's retirement? Or both?
27) Snopes, which usually has a pretty good take on things, asked the question, "Did Anthony Kennedy Resign from the Supreme Court to Protect His Son?". Good question. Attached is the discussion which I recommend you read. They decide it's UNPROVEN. snopes.com/fact-check/ant…
28) Putting Justice Kennedy's sons to the side for a moment. Let's look at case on the Supreme Court docket NOW. A case for which Trump NEEDS A RELIABLE JUSTICE. A case which MIGHT even have required that Justice Kennedy recuse himself. The case is 'Gamble vs United States'.
29) On the face of it, 'Gamble vs United States' wouldn't appear that important to the presidency, but it is. It's a case which has the potential to protect Trump from the Mueller investigation.
30) Trump, his family and co-conspirators are facing present or likely FEDERAL charges in the Mueller probe. They also face present or likely STATE charges. A POTUS can pardon federal crimes, but not state crimes. So the Trump crowd faces double jeopardy as things now stand.
31) Depending on how Gamble vs United States is decided by the Supreme Court this session, Trump may be handed a 'get out of jail' card for both himself and his entire clan. He could pardon EVERYONE - (including Justin Kennedy, if necessary).
32) Trump needed a SCOTUS replacement who he could rely upon to vote the way he needed in Gamble, as well as other cases coming up. And he needed that Justice to be confirmed F-A-S-T because Gamble vs United States is on the docket NOW! scotusblog.com/case-files/cas…
33) Have I answered these questions:

a) Did Justice Kennedy make a deal with Trump?
b) Why was it important for Kavanaugh to be the replacement?
c) When did the planning begin?

No. I've only managed to raise MORE questions.

Let's continue studying the #KavanaughAffair...
34) Shall we touch upon Kavanaugh's lies? Holy moley! Can that guy lie or what?! I dedicated an entire thread of tweets to document just SOME of his lies. You can read them in this "Twitter Moments".

👇👇👇👇

twitter.com/i/moments/1047…
35) I haven't touched on Kavanaugh's finances, and the Senate Judiciary committee never had a chance to interview Kavanaugh regarding his shady financial statements. They made no sense! Here's a thread I wrote early in September. The questions remain.
36) In a book (which I hope someone will write) about the #KavanaughAffair, we'll definitely need at least one chapter dedicated to Kavanaugh's rise in power. It's a story of entitlement, entitlement, entitlement, grooming and a whole bunch of party allegiance thrown in.
37) ...Exactly what we want in a Supreme Court Justice, right?

We were warned by Kavanaugh himself during the nomination hearings.

Right now the motto chiseled over the SCOTUS portico is "Equal Justice Under Law". It must soon be changed to "What Goes Around Comes Around".
38) I didn't really touch on the sex abuse allegations in this thread with the exception of some of the blatant lies Kavanaugh told under oath. I didn't watch that part of the nomination hearings. I'm inclined to believe Dr. Ford because her corroboration appears legitimate.
39) What troubles me most is how shabbily the @FBI investigation was done. I can't blame the FBI. It appears the White House limited their ability to get the job done. It's shocking to me that they were not allowed to interview Ford or Kavanaugh. I think I know why...
40) If Kavanaugh were interviewed by the FBI and told the truth, he could not be confirmed. If he told a lie to the FBI, he would be committing a felony. So the answer was to NOT ALLOW the FBI to question him. Likewise, no polygraph test.
41) ...And the GOP political establishment paid lip service to Dr. Ford and all the other people who wanted to be interviewed by the FBI. The entire investigation and hearings surrounding Kavanaugh's elevation to the SCOTUS bench was a sham.
42) This book has it all.

Political intrigue of the highest order, sex, grifters, money, perjury, corruption, alcohol abuse. There's so much more to talk about.

Someone! Please write this book!

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