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Trump’s Three Handpicked SCOTUS Justices Just Handed Gun Lovers A Giant Setback

Donald Trump loves to brag about the fact that he managed to appoint three associate justices to the Supreme Court during his failed presidency. It’s literally the only bright spot in his term in office.

But it appears that Trump’s single “accomplishment” will also turn out to be another miserable failure, based on a decision from the high court on Monday, USA Today reports:

“The Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up three challenges to a federal ban on gun ownership for people convicted of nonviolent crimes, disappointing Second Amendment advocates who hoped a more conservative court would begin to chip away at the restriction.

“By not taking the appeals, the nation’s highest court let stand a series of lower court rulings that prohibited people convicted of driving under the influence, making false statements on tax returns and selling counterfeit cassette tapes from owning a gun.”

Particularly galling to gun fetishists will be the fact that Amy Coney Barrett didn’t agree to form a majority with four other conservatives, which many believed she would based on her prior rulings while an appellate court judge:

“Several of the court’s conservatives signaled in recent years that they were interested in revisiting the issue, and it’s not clear why they chose not to do so. Four conservative justices have expressed a desire to address outstanding Second Amendment questions – enough to take a case but one vote short of the five needed to corral a majority. Many expected Associate Justice Amy Coney Barrett, seated last fall, to provide that fifth vote.”

But she didn’t, and that means that Trump’s hot air about how he was going to cement a conservative majority on the court is nothing but rhetoric. If a right-wing judge like Barrett won’t agree to hear a case on who can own a gun, has the court actually swung to the right?

Gun control supporters hailed the the decision, with Adam Skaggs, chief counsel and policy director at the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, remarking:

“If nothing else is clear from today’s decision, the court signaled that it’s not making a 180-degree turn where it’s going to take every gun case and rule for the gun lobby in every case.”

Another gun case remains before the justices, but it’s unclear when exactly the court will decide whether or not to take it.

In the other case, a New York law is in question:

“Two New York state residents who sought a license to carry guns outside their home but were denied because they didn’t meet the state’s requirement of having a ‘special need for self protection.'”

Will Gorsuch, Kavanaugh, and Barrett agree to hear that case? Based on their decision today, it seems unlikely.

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Justice Department May Reopen Investigation Into Alleged Misconduct By Brett Kavanaugh

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) is demanding that the Justice Department and FBI reopen their investigation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, The Guardian reports:

“The FBI is facing new scrutiny for its 2018 background check of Brett Kavanaugh, the supreme court justice, after a lawmaker suggested that the investigation may have been ‘fake.’

“Sheldon Whitehouse, a Democratic senator and former prosecutor who serves on the judiciary committee, is calling on the newly-confirmed attorney general, Merrick Garland, to help facilitate ‘proper oversight’ by the Senate into questions about how thoroughly the FBI investigated Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearing.

“The supreme court justice was accused of sexual assault by Christine Blasey Ford and faced several other allegations of misconduct following Ford’s harrowing testimony of an alleged assault when she and Kavanaugh were in high school.”

Whitehouse’s allegations about the FBI investigation of Kavanaugh drew immediate reaction on social media, where many suggested the justice needs to be examined for all of his prior behavior:

If Kavanaugh truly has nothing to hide, he should welcome Sen. Whitehouse’s call for a real FBI investigation. But he won’t.

 

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Donald Urges Brett Kavanaugh To Sue His Accusers And Gets Reminded Of His Own Alleged Sex Crimes

President Donald Trump is acting more unhinged that usual lately. Maybe it’s the combination of drugs he’s taking to battle the dose of coronavirus he’s still recovering from. Or perhaps he can sense that his days in office are numbered and he’s facing indictment and possible imprisonment the minute he leaves the White House.

On Monday, a tweet Trump responded to that came from Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee proved that his mental facilities are more haywire than usual. Here’s the tweet from the GOP:

Ah, yes: Brett Kavanaugh. Because he had to undergo answering questions about his drunken behavior and alleged total disregard for a woman’s right to say no to a man, Republicans think that gives them the God-given right to fill a Supreme Court seat when the election is now just three weeks away.

That tweet led Trump to add this comment when he seconded the absurd logic of his GOP allies in the House:

Oh, shit, Donnie! You just stepped into one hell of a hornet’s nest with that incredibly hypocritical suggestion. And social media was only too happy to remind the president that he’s threatened to sue women who have accused him of sexual assault, sexual harassment, and rape. But he never once sued. Why might that be? Probably because he was terrified of discovery and that all of his many disgusting acts would come to light.

And let’s not forget that Donald Trump is still refusing to provide a DNA sample in the case of E. Jean Carroll, who has accused Trump of raping her in the dressing room of a New York department store:

Like everything he does or says, Trump’s advice to Kavanaugh is all bluster and bullshit. Neither of them wants to be compelled to discuss their sexual behavior. And that’s because they both have so very much to hide.

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Furious Trump Complaining To Staffers About Kavanaugh’s ‘Betrayal’ In Tax Returns Case: Report

One of the so-called “accomplishments” Donald Trump loves to point to when asked what exactly he’s done since taking office is the two men he appointed to the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.


But with Kavanaugh joining a 7-2 majority on Thursday in the case of Vance v. Trump and affirming that the president does indeed have to turn his tax returns over to Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, Trump is now furious with Kavanaugh and reportedly feels betrayed by the justice, according to Jonathan Lemire, White House correspondent for the Associated Press.

During an appearance on MSNBC Friday morning, Lemire reported:

“The anger from the president was that the court itself, in particular according to our reporting, the justices that he appointed, Kavanaugh and [Neil] Gorsuch, who, as you said earlier, he demands loyalty from his appointees, from his staff in his circle even though he doesn’t always exhibit it in return.”


That’s textbook Trump: You must kiss his ring and do as he instructs, but the first time you fail to do as told, he wants to destroy you.

Lemire continued:

“As he is fighting for re-election here and is down in the polls, one of the arguments his campaign has made time and again is they have two justices, they got two conservatives on the court; Gorsuch, a relatively smooth process and Kavanaugh decidedly less so.”

We all recall how vigorously Trump and the White House fought to make sure Kavanaugh was confirmed by the Senate, despite numerous charges of sexual misconduct that were lodged against him.


Trump had hoped the Supreme Court would protect him from having to give his tax returns to Vance, but as the court has proven during this term, some of the court’s conservatives are not willing to be a rubber stamp for the president. And that has led to Trump’s sense of betrayal, Lemire noted:

“He’s had a series of setbacks from the Supreme Court in recent weeks, and to this point, though some of his anger has been directed at Chief Justice [John] Roberts who has frustrated him according to our reporting more or less since he took office, in the last few weeks, and particular yesterday, it was on Gorsuch and Kavanaugh, a real sense of betrayal, as one person close to the president put it to me.”

You’d think Trump would realize that karma is cyclical, and with all of the bad he’s put out, it was only a matter of time before some of that came back to take a bite out of him.