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Supreme Court Nominee Kavanaugh questioned on Poker and Gambling Habits

Tags: Brett Kavanaugh, Donald Trump, Sheldon Whitehouse, Supreme Court.
Posted on Friday, September 14, 2018 by "T".

This week, President Trump's selected person for the Supreme Court is being put through his paces as the US Senate Judiciary Committee contemplates whether he is fit to occupy the highest position in the country or not.

The committee wishes to know more about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, especially about the subject of his gambling habits, including his fondness for country-club poker games.

If the Judiciary Committee gives their approval, then they will recommend his nomination be put to a floor vote by the whole Senate.

One senator, however, seems utterly disinterested in Kavanaugh's political experience and was more willing to hear about his gambling history. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse fired a list of questions regarding a 2001 email where Kavanaugh admits to playing and losing his cool after a rough session at the craps tables.

Kavanaugh wrote in response, "Apologies to all for missing Friday (good excuse), and growing aggressive after blowing still another game of dice (don't recall)."

This pushed the senator to delve deeper, not only into Kavanaugh's penchant to roll the bones, but also his inclination for poker.

On Wednesday, Kavanaugh was asked a series of questions by Whitehouse, which he was required to answer.

Sen. Whitehouse asked, "Do you play in a regular or periodic poker game? If yes, please list the dates, participants, location/venue, and amounts won/lost."

Kavanaugh said he did like to play a few rounds but would not say any details, "Like many Americans, I have occasionally played poker or other games with friends and colleagues. I do not document the details of those casual games."

Many news outlets have reported that Kavanaugh plays poker at an exclusive country club, and there is speculation it may be connected to his racking up of $60,000 to $200,000 worth of debt in 2016.

Whitehouse asked, "Have you ever gambled or accrued debt in the State of New Jersey?"

Kavanaugh replied that he remembers "occasionally visiting casinos in New Jersey when I was in school", but he said he only played low-stakes blackjack and never had any debts.

He was also asked if he had ever sought treatment for gambling addiction, to which he replied with a curt "no."

Regarding the six-figure debt, Kavanaugh explained he used it for home improvements and season tickets to the Washington Nationals baseball team with his family.

Naturally, judges playing poker is definitely not a new sight or in any way considered scandalous in the United States. We do not usually get the details, but the famous scene in the movie Rounders where judges were playing cards wasn't entirely pure fiction. Ex-Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was impenitent when others found out he played in a monthly poker game.

Source:
https://www.cardplayer.com/poker-news/23216-supreme-court-nominee-yes-i-play-poker-no-i-m-not-a-degenerate-gambler


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15 comments for "Supreme Court Nominee Kavanaugh questioned on Poker and Gambling Habits"

 Mober9/14/2018 4:10:19 PM GMT
Like if they answer something it is going to be the truth.
When it comes to politics and positions like this, everyone says whatever they have to say, in order to get the chair.
Aint that the case, in every single country after all?
 pajalnick9/14/2018 7:37:28 PM GMT
Posted by Mober:
Like if they answer something it is going to be the truth.
When it comes to politics and positions like this, everyone says whatever they have to say, in order to get the chair.
Aint that the case, in every single country after all?

of course ... you're absolutely right ... if the truth interferes with a career then you have to lie .... and it was already many times ... and there will be many more times ... such is life .... and nothing will change .. .. never .... I have not seen a single example that was so
 Gerimantas9/15/2018 7:24:10 PM GMT
Yes interesting situation here to have questions about poker in some negative sound. Every person can play in casino and all games he liie poker blackjack roulette craps but if this person is go for politics then thos games become negative information
 pajalnick9/15/2018 8:45:27 PM GMT
Posted by Gerimantas:
Yes interesting situation here to have questions about poker in some negative sound. Every person can play in casino and all games he liie poker blackjack roulette craps but if this person is go for politics then thos games become negative information

here it is not clear to me ... Is the game something that is bad? .... something vicious? ..... and this can not be in public office? .... it seems to me that this is wrong ... although if the game is delaying and interfering with the work, it is certainly very wrong .... and if this hobby is all ok
 CALICUL9/15/2018 8:54:12 PM GMT
Politicians are people of all kinds, around the world, not only in America. If we had an honest world with honest politicians, this gambler he did not have to go into politics. These people who have problems with gambling. drugs etc... they should not be left in public offices or in politics, because they are prone to corruption.
 bowie19849/15/2018 11:08:10 PM GMT
Posted by CALICUL:
These people who have problems with gambling. drugs etc... they should not be left in public offices or in politics, because they are prone to corruption.

He is a judge, not a poltician. Altough in some cases both kinds are directly electable in the USA. And these comitees are working to run through every record he produced both as a judge and a private citizen - of course they will find something.
 greatgame39/16/2018 5:11:16 AM GMT
Hi you are absolutely right politicians to get a charge often lie (except in Venezuela where they have all the power and they do not need to lie), but I completely agree with the comment of a colleague, I do not know what has to do your poker hobby, craps or any casino game with the work that he intends to take, as long as he is honest and has no direct influence on his decisions, he can do whatever he wants with his life, do not you think?
 Gerimantas9/16/2018 9:13:55 PM GMT
But we talk about legal hobby he likes to play in casino, some casino games liek blackjack or some poker and it is normal thing, but niw dome people try to say that gambling is bad, and if you want high post in politics you cannot gamble, i think this is not right
 CALICUL9/16/2018 9:41:03 PM GMT
You are right Bowie1984 but is the same thing, from the point of view of the fact that he should not get into that function, because it does not matter if he is a politician or a judge. A man who is asked, if he had debts of $60,000 to $200,000 in 2016, does not have the right to get a politician or a judge. Is a man of no moral value. Is a risky gambler for these functions.
 bowie19849/17/2018 5:25:12 PM GMT
He played at a country club and racked up all the money he owed there - so it's not like he borrowed money from some mobster on the street and let the vig ran up over 200k. I mean yeah, he is not a morality chapion but neither does the rest of the people on the US Supreme Court.
 dule-vu9/18/2018 12:07:04 PM GMT
dont know why americans have problems with poker and other games where you can bet your money?on one hand they dont want to let people to play in normal and on internet,but in other hand they have few states who let people to gamble and to have so many casinos!very stupid nation!
 Mober9/18/2018 4:13:43 PM GMT
Thats what politics is all about. Nothing that has to do with common sense at the end.
If it suits their agenda, they will do what is necessary.
Even if it something they dont agree with, in the first place.

Legal in some states, illegal in others.Taxes are involved. along with the casinos in these states.
The ones with more power, money and support, pass the laws they want.
 Gerimantas9/18/2018 5:22:45 PM GMT
Yes i too think it is situation where some politicians wqnt to create dome negative situation about candidate so they try to make any bad information where there is nothing bad too. You can go to bar and then they say you like to drink very much, you go to church they say you supporting on religion and other things
 bowie19849/18/2018 8:54:41 PM GMT
Posted by Gerimantas:
You can go to bar and then they say you like to drink very much, you go to church they say you supporting on religion and other things

Neither of those would disqualify you from a judiciary race but apparently an outstanding gambling debt could.
 CALICUL9/18/2018 9:57:31 PM GMT
Most people in this world have their many vices. It's hard to opt for people in state positions, if you do not know who they are or what kind of life they have. However, life on this planet is driven by many people without the right judgment. If we look in general, we see these things.

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