Kirsten Gillibrand, with chevron ties, is silent on the Donziger case
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, DNY, has deep and previously unreported connections to the team at the Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP law firm that is leading oil giant Chevron’s attacks in federal courts against human rights attorney Stephen Dunziger. Gillibrand, one of Donziger’s representatives in the Senate, has remained silent about his situation despite multiple irregularities that have drawn international condemnation.
“Sen. Gillibrand has long refused even to investigate my unprecedented detention organized by Chevron, let alone speak about it publicly.”
Senator received $191,101 from Gibson Dunn’s PAC, attorneys and their spouses in direct contributions and through Off The Sidelines PAC—about half of which came from attorneys who worked to discredit Donziger on Chevron’s behalf. Gillibrand, A Former corporate lawyer, was the beneficiary of several fundraisers in the offices of Gibson Dunn organized by Jennifer H. Redin, a partner in the firm’s litigation and crisis management groups who also worked on the case.
“Sen. Gillibrand has long refused even to investigate my unprecedented detention organized by Chevron, let alone speak about it publicly.” “It is clear that the senator’s extensive relationships with big-money donors with ties to Chevron may influence its decision to ignore what is a clear human rights abuse on US soil involving one of its constituents.”
Gillibrand, Gibson, Dunn, and Redin did not respond to requests for comment.
Gillibrand played a A crucial role in the nomination of Redin—who funded Gibson Dunn for the senator’s campaigns—to serve on the federal bench.
Last year, then-President Donald Trump nominated Redin to serve as a federal judge in the Southern District of New York, the same court where Donziger works suffer multiple defeats by the judges who have been Criticize There are conflicts in the case. In an affidavit made during the nomination process and recently obtained by The Intercept, Redin stated that her years-long path to the nomination began when she expressed an interest in Gillibrand in one of many conversations on the issue with the senator and her staff. Redin was among 26 failed Trump candidates not received Confirmation vote in the Senate.
In the affidavit, Redin revealed that she “co-hosted several fundraisers” for Gillibrand at the Gibson Dunn offices, where her role included “arranging for use of Gibson Dunn’s space, inviting Gibson Dunn’s attorney (and occasionally others), and asking invitees to donate.”
Along the way, Riden made 11 donations totaling $30,900 to Gillibrand and her Off The Sidelines PAC, according to the campaign finance watchdog. OpenSecrets. Redin also contributed $10,500 to six candidates backed by Off The Sidelines and hosted a fundraiser for Senator Maggie Hassan, DNH, which was supported by the Political Action Committee.
“When there appears to be a quid pro quo between a politician and their donors, the emergence of that corruption can be just as harmful as the corruption itself,” said Alex Baumgart, a researcher at Open Secrets. “In this case, there is clearly a concerted effort to target specific members with campaign contributions, but it is impossible to know whether that support will translate into tangible gains for the company,” Baumgart added.
in a Opinion The UN Human Rights Committee, released last month, said it was “appalled” by the federal court’s treatment of Donziger. She called for his immediate release after more than two years of pretrial house arrest, which she classified as “arbitrary” and in violation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Last Friday, Federal Judge Loretta Prisca Rule Donziger was jailed for six months in contempt of court for refusing to turn over his electronic devices to Chevron’s attorney, citing his obligation to protect attorney-client privilege. Prisca has allowed Donziger to remain under house arrest pending his appeal, which his lawyers are expected to file this week.
Donziger one Of the lawyers responsible for earning $ 9.5 billion ruling in 2011 against Chevron in an Ecuadorean court Significant environmental damage who – which damaged Amazon farmers and indigenous communities. chevron lawyer a promise“We’ll fight this until hell freezes over, and then we’ll fight it on ice” — and the company hired Gibson Dunn to lead the operation.
In 2014, Chevron won a major victory when a US federal court prevented Ecuadorean prosecutors from collecting the ruling. The judge also found Donziger guilty of misconduct, which he denies, and led to the disqualification of his New York position and contempt of court charges.
Donziger and his allies, a New Yorker, put pressure on Gillibrand and his other representatives in Congress, the head of the House Judiciary, Jerrold Nadler, DN.Y. – whose son works for Gibson Dunn — and Senator Chuck Schumer, a Democrat, to intervene on his behalf, but they kept quiet. Schumer has received more than $1 million in donations from Chevron’s law firms, including Gibson Dunn. In contrast, other Democrats in Congress – not just Donziger representatives – have called for The Ministry of Justice to review the case.
Baumgart, of Open Secrets, said relationships between politicians and Chevron can reduce public trust: “Public trust in their elected official’s ability to act independently is undermined when they see themselves as working for donor companies.”