Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse has submitted an unusual line of questioning for President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, asking whether or not he has a gambling problem, the Huffington Post reports.
Kavanaugh, who was named by Trump to replace outgoing Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, reported in 2016 that his bank and credit card loans stood between $60,000 and $200,000.
“Have you ever sought treatment for a gambling addiction?” the Rhode Island Democrat asks pointedly as part of a number of questions submitted this week about the judge’s unexplained personal debts.
The allegation that Kavanaugh might have a gambling problem stems from a disclosed email from 2001, where the judge seemed to apologize to his friends for losing his cool after he lost a “game of dice.”
The debts caught the attention of many, which led the White House to issue an explanation in July, stating that the debts were related to baseball tickets Kavanaugh purchased for friends who later reimbursed him. The issue didn’t come up during Kavanaugh’s heated confirmation hearings last week, which Sen. Whitehouse says he is now trying to rectify.
The senator also asked whether Kavanaugh has done any form of gambling since 2000, if he regularly plays poker, if he has ever accrued a gambling debt in Atlantic City, N.J. and whether he has ever filed a form to report gambling expenses and earnings to the IRS.