— Steve Silberman (@stevesilberman) June 28, 2018
And the swamp gets just that much swampier.
Courtesy of NYT:
One person who knows both men remarked on the affinity between Mr. Trump and Justice Kennedy, which is not obvious at first glance. Justice Kennedy is bookish and abstract, while Mr. Trump is earthy and direct.
But they had a connection, one Mr. Trump was quick to note in the moments after his first address to Congress in February 2017. As he made his way out of the chamber, Mr. Trump paused to chat with the justice.
Trump to Justice Kennedy: “That’s very nice coming from you. And say hello to your boy, special guy.”
Kennedy: “Your kids have been very nice to him.”
Trump: “They love him, and they love him in New York. He’s a great guy.” pic.twitter.com/78MNDe3M7v
— Scott Stedman (@ScottMStedman) June 29, 2018
“Say hello to your boy,” Mr. Trump said. “Special guy.”
Mr. Trump was apparently referring to Justice Kennedy’s son, Justin. The younger Mr. Kennedy spent more than a decade at Deutsche Bank, eventually rising to become the bank’s global head of real estate capital markets, and he worked closely with Mr. Trump when he was a real estate developer, according to two people with knowledge of his role.
During Mr. Kennedy’s tenure, Deutsche Bank became Mr. Trump’s most important lender, dispensing well over $1 billion in loans to him for the renovation and construction of skyscrapers in New York and Chicago at a time other mainstream banks were wary of doing business with him because of his troubled business history.
About a week before the presidential address, Ivanka Trump had paid a visit to the Supreme Court as a guest of Justice Kennedy. The two had met at a lunch after the inauguration, and Ms. Trump brought along her daughter, Arabella Kushner. Occupying seats reserved for special guests, they saw the justices announce several decisions and hear an oral argument.
Ms. Trump tweeted about the visit and posted a photo. “Arabella & me at the Supreme Court today,” she wrote. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to teach her about the judicial system in our country firsthand.”
“Holy collusion, Batman!”
Now we do not know for a fact if one thing has anything to do with the other, but it HAS been pointed out that since Trump won the White House that Justice Kennedy has been siding with the conservative arguments a lot more frequently.
If you need me I will be right over here banging my head on the desk.