Thursday, March 23, 2017

In Which a Supreme Court Nominee Perjures Himself

This is another "what Charles Pierce said" post.

Charles Pierce writing about Neil Gorsuch's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Sen Whitehouse (D-RI):
What's interesting is that this group sees a difference between him [Garland] and you that I don't understand…now we have $10 million going the other way. That's a $17 million delta and for the life of me, I'm trying to figure out what they see in you that makes that $17 million worth the spending. Do you have any answer to that?
Pierce summarizes Gorsuch's reply:
If Whitehouse wanted to know who they were, he should ask them.
Sen. Whitehouse:
I can't. I don't know who they are. It's just a front group.
Senator, I have no information about anything you just described. I don't know about that.
This is not remotely believable. As Senator Al Franken pointed out later, when he read from e-mails dating back to Gorsuch's days as a high-level Republican lawyer, specifically about his work for the 2004 Bush re-election campaign, Gorsuch has been a political being for his entire adult life and, at the same time, he hasn't spent a second in elected office, so his politics were formed and were exercised almost entirely through the conservative Republican institutional infrastructure.
So here we have a nominee for the highest Court in the land, perjuring himself.

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