Sheldon Whitehouse Presents 'Dark Money' Conspiracy Theory, Asks Amy Coney Barrett Zero Questions

Sheldon Whitehouse Presents 'Dark Money' Conspiracy Theory, Asks Amy Coney Barrett Zero Questions


Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) used his entire time on the second day of the Supreme Court confirmation hearing for Judge Amy Coney Barrett on Tuesday to present a “dark money” conspiracy theory. He asked Judge Barrett no actual questions.

Using a series of posters, a magic marker, a highlighter, and an indeterminate number of Post-it notes, Whitehouse sketched a complicated theory — called “The Scheme” — in which he claimed that “dark money” groups influenced the selection of judges.

Sheldon Whiteshouse (Screenshot / C-SPAN)

Whitehouse brought in various different groups and individuals, including Leonard Leo of the Federalist Society, a conservative legal group, and Carrie Severino of the Judicial Crisis Network, which advocates for constitutional conservatives on the bench.

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Though Whitehouse suggested that he needed to explain his theory to establish a “predicate” for asking Judge Barrett questions, he never asked her any questions.

Whitehouse also railed against

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