In my interview with Senator Loretta Weinberg, below, she expresses concerns about “unanswered questions” from the confirmation hearing of Phillip Kwon for Supreme Court Associate Justice.
I’ll let her speak for herself, and then add some personal observations, below the fold.
Even after sitting through 8 hours of testimony, I have a nagging feeling that we did not hear all of the facts regarding the Kwon nomination. Some things just don’t make sense.
I’m neither a lawyer nor an accountant, but even I know that transactions above $10,000 receive special scrutiny. Kwon’s answer about the string of numerous transactions below that level just don’t pass the smell test, especially given that his wife – half owner of the liquor store – is an investment banker and would certainly be familiar with banking regulations.
I also don’t understand the bit about the transfer of about a quarter million dollars from one bank to another in a series of seven smaller checks. The reason given was that Kwon’s mother was concerned about losing a single check. But aren’t transactions like this typically done using electronic transfer? Certainly Kwon’s wife would have known that.
Kwon also said he wanted to get “politically engaged”, but testified that he never attended a political meeting or rally. Again, something is just not right here.
For a Supreme Court justice to be credible, his or her actions need to be above reproach. Kwon’s answers don’t convince me that he meets this test. The Committee did the right thing by rejecting him.