The Supreme Court is about to address a case involving the constitutionality of the Consumer Financial Protection Board (CFPB).
Because of a previous ruling on this case in a lower court, Justice Brett Kavanaugh has been ordered by dark money groups backed by liberal billionaire George Soros to recuse himself because he cannot be impartial in the ruling.
The Consumer Financial Protection Board
The CFPB is a government agency that oversees the financial sector. Institutions that would come under its purview would include credit unions, banks, payday lenders, etc.
Among the primary concerns for the agency are credit cards, mortgages, and student loans. The agency has only been in existence since 2011 as a direct result of the 2007-08 recession.
At the time of the formation of the CFPB, elected officials on both sides of the aisle were adamantly opposed to the control being given to the agency.
The legal case
In 2016, Kavanaugh issued a decision expressing the concerns for “massive, unchecked power” being given to a single director, and ruled that “the CFPB is unconstitutionally structured.”
The case went through the appeal process and in 2018, the full court voted to uphold the agency, overturning Kavanaugh’s previous decision. Kavanaugh was so distraught over the full court’s decision that he penned a 70-page dissenting opinion on the overturned decision.
Now that the case is set to be heard by the Supreme Court in March of 2020, four progressive groups (Demand Justice, Demand Progress Education Fund, Revolving Door Project, and Allied Progress) issued a statement asking for Kavanaugh’s recusal from the case.
In part, the letter stated, “We call on Justice Kavanaugh to recuse himself from hearing a case on which he has already made up his mind.”
Interestingly, two of these groups, Allied Progress and Demand Justice, are groups known to accept dark money that can be traced back to George Soros.
Three of these groups fall under the Arabella Advisors, “which is the peak of this gigantic dark money pyramid in the left.” At least one of these groups has also been linked to some of the protests that took place during the Kavanaugh confirmation.
Kavanaugh has yet to comment as to whether or not he plans on honoring their request to step down.