'Atrocious': Biden Renominates Chevron Lawyer First Chosen by Trump

Human rights attorney @SDonziger noted that Biden's pick for the federal bench 'was paid millions... to help jail me, attack Indigenous peoples, and cover up a massive oil spill in the Amazon.'

1/21/2022 10:10:00 PM

Human rights attorney SDonziger noted that Biden's pick for the federal bench 'was paid millions... to help jail me, attack Indigenous peoples, and cover up a massive oil spill in the Amazon.'

Human rights attorney Steven Donziger noted that Biden's pick for the federal bench 'was paid millions... to help jail me, attack Indigenous peoples, and cover up a massive oil spill in the Amazon.'

"Rearden's corporate clients have included Home Depot, Uber, Lehman Brothers, Barclays Capital, and Patriarch Partners," notedSludge, which also spotlighted the lawyer's political donations to erstwhile Republican presidential candidates Chris Christie and Rudy Giuliani.

Rearden also has"deep ties" to Gillibrand, asThe Interceptreportedin October."Gillibrand played a crucial role in the nomination of Rearden—who fundraised at Gibson Dunn for the senator's campaigns—to serve on the federal bench," Fishman observed."In a sworn affidavit... Rearden stated that her yearslong road to the nomination began when she expressed interest to Gillibrand in one of many talks about the issue with the senator and her staff."

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, Rearden explains that she has mainly represented corporations." "Rearden's corporate clients have included Home Depot, Uber, Lehman Brothers, Barclays Capital, and Patriarch Partners," noted Sludge , which also spotlighted the lawyer's political donations to erstwhile Republican presidential candidates Chris Christie and Rudy Giuliani. Rearden also has"deep ties" to Gillibrand, as The Intercept reported in October. "Gillibrand played a crucial role in the nomination of Rearden—who fundraised at Gibson Dunn for the senator's campaigns—to serve on the federal bench," Fishman observed."In a sworn affidavit... Rearden stated that her yearslong road to the nomination began when she expressed interest to Gillibrand in one of many talks about the issue with the senator and her staff." Even as a number of Democratic lawmakers have spoken out against Chevron's campaign against Donziger—a New York resident—Gillibrand has remained conspicuously silent on the matter. "Sen. Gillibrand has refused for a long time to even investigate my unprecedented Chevron-orchestrated detention, much less speak out about it," Donziger told The Intercept ."Obviously, the senator's extensive connections to big-money donors with ties to Chevron might be affecting her decision to ignore what is an obvious human rights violation on U.S. soil involving one of her constituents." Our work is licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0). Feel free to republish and share widely.