Justin Kennedy, the son of retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, said critics are wrong to accuse his dad of bailing out Trump by his decision to retire before the midterm elections. “People who think my dad is trying to help Trump by lighting a fire under Republican voters simply don’t know my dad,” says Kennedy.
Kennedy said his dad is hurt by accusations that he’s acting in a partisan way. “It saddens him to see his legacy as a thoughtful jurist tarnished,” he says.
The younger Kennedy, who led the real estate capital markets division at Deutsche Bank when the company lent Donald Trump $1 billion at a time when other banks wouldn’t touch the bankrupt developer, said he feels bad for his dad. “Thirty years on the bench only to be treated as if he’s trying to put his thumb on the scale of justice in favor of Trump? Of course he’s hurt.”
The elder Kennedy, who is retiring at the end of July, said critics are wrong to accuse his son of bailing out Trump by his decision to lend the bankrupt businessman money at a time when other bankers wouldn’t touch the developer. “People who think my son tried to help Trump by keeping his business afloat when other banks shunned him simply don’t know my son,” says Kennedy, 81.
Kennedy, who voted as a moderate on divisive social issues like abortion and same-sex marriage, will see his work undone now that he’s given Trump the chance to replace him before the midterm elections. Had he waited until after the election, Trump would have been pressured to nominate someone more moderate because of expected gains by Democrats. “It saddens my son to see his reputation as a thoughtful lender tarnished in this way,” he said.
Kennedy said his son is hurt by the accusations that he acted in a way that conflicts with good leading practices. “So many years at Deutsche Bank only to be treated as if he tried to put his thumb on the balance sheet to help out Trump? Of course my son is hurt.”
The son/dad had no further comment.
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