The US Senate Judiciary Committee would like to know more about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s gambling habits, including his penchant for poker games that are country-club.
Trump’s choice for the Supreme Court has been put through the paces as the committee determines whether he’s worthy of sitting on the highest bench in the country. If Kavanaugh is approved of by the Judiciary Committee, they will urge his nomination be put to a floor vote by the entire Senate.
One senator in particular appears more eager to hear about his history with gaming and interested in Kavanaugh’s experience and politics. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) submitted a series of questions concerning an 2001 email where Kavanaugh acknowledges taking part, and losing his cool, after a tough session at the craps tables.
“Apologies to all for lost Friday (good excuse), and developing aggressive after blowing another game of dice (don’t recall),” Kavanaugh writes from the publicly disclosed email.
That prompted the senator to dig deeper, not just into Kavanaugh’s bone rolling, but also his propensity for poker.
Judging the Judge
On Wednesday, Kavanaugh was required to respond to a series of questions.
“Can you play in a regular or periodic poker game? If so, please list the dates, participants, location/venue, and figures won/lost,” asked the Senator.
Kavanaugh confirmed that he likes to turn a few cards but wouldn’t fill them in on some of the details.
“Like most Americans, I’ve sometimes played poker or other games with friends and colleagues,” he responded. “I do not document the details of those casual games”
Several news outlets have reported that the judge plays with poker at an exclusive country club, and there’s a question of whether it pertains as he reported for 2016 to Kavanaugh’s having racked up $60,000 to $200,000 worth of debt.
“Have you ever gambled or accrued debt in the State of New Jersey?” asked the senator.
Kavanaugh responded by saying that he recalls”sometimes visiting casinos in New Jersey when I was in school.” But he says he rang debts up and never played low-stakes blackjack.
The nominee was also asked if he had ever sought treatment for gambling addiction, to which he responded with a curt”no.”
As for the debt, the Trump nominee down it to season tickets and home developments to the Washington Nationals baseball team.
Of course, judges playing poker is scandalous in the usa or nothing new. The famed judges scene from the movie Rounders was fiction, although we hear the details. For playing in a poker game that is monthly, former Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was unapologetic.
Several rulings through the years have revealed that judges in the US are more poker friendly than their colleagues overseas.
In 2009, a Pennsylvania judge ruled that Texas Hold’em is”a game where skill predominates over opportunity.”
A New York judge came to the conclusion in 2012, throwing a conviction against a man who conducted a poker room, stating that it did not constitute a enterprise that was gaming out.
Judges in other areas of the world haven’t been so friendly. A Dutch judgeabove, judgment in 2016 which there’s no skill in poker.
Meanwhile, the legality of poker suffered a significant blow in India earlier this year, when athat the great American card game was nothing more than”pure chance”