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Debunking Dems’ Federalist Society Conspiracy Theory, Again

All sitting Supreme Court justices have spoken at Federalist Society events, but Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) is again calling them a 'shadowy' group ahead of Judge Brett Kavanaugh's hearing.

By NTK Staff | 08.21.2018 @3:30pm
Debunking Dems’ Federalist Society Conspiracy Theory, Again

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) sent a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) on Monday demanding “all documents related to” Leonard Leo, the executive vice president of the Federalist Society.

Democrats have long been fixated on the Federalist Society, with Sens. Whitehouse and Dick Durbin (D-IL) attacking the group during the confirmation fight for Neil Gorsuch.

However, the Federalist Society is hardly a ‘shadowy’ group – the picture Whitehouse tries to paint in his letter to Grassley.

In fact, all eight justices sitting on the Supreme Court have spoken at Federalist Society events before.

  • Chief Justice John Roberts spoke at a Federalist Society lecture in November 2007
  • Then-Harvard Law Dean Elena Kagan attended a Federalist Society banquet in February 2005, saying “I love the Federalist Society
  • Then-Judge Sonia Sotomayor spoke on a February 2009 Federalist Society panel in Connecticut
  • Justice Stephen Breyer attended a conversation with then-Justice Scalia in December 2006 hosted by the Federalist Society
  • Justice Samuel Alito spoke at the Federalist Society’s 25th anniversary gala in Washington, D.C. in 2007
  • Justice Clarence Thomas gave a keynote address in November 2016 hosted by the Federalist Society
  • Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has presented at forums hosted by the Federalist Society
  • Then-Judge Neil Gorsuch spoke at a Federalist Society event at Harvard in April 2012

The Federalist Society has over 68,000 members – lawyers and law students – around the country. That’s hardly a ‘shadowy’ group, as Whitehouse portrays them in his new letter.

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