A July 15, 2019 report from the Associated Press reveals that Biden running mate Kamala Harris received campaign funds from Kirkland and Ellis, Jeffrey Epstein’s Law firm for her failed Presidential campaign.
This came after Harris “bemoaned the influence of the powerful and connected elite” and “called on top Justice Department officials to recuse themselves from any matter related to Jeffrey Epstein. She said their former law firm’s work on behalf of the financier accused of sexual abuse “calls into question the integrity of our legal system.”
Per the AP report:
Yet the same day, Harris’ husband headlined a Chicago fundraiser for her presidential campaign that was hosted by six partners of that firm — Kirkland and Ellis, according to an invitation obtained by The Associated Press.
Harris, a California senator and Democratic presidential candidate, was one of several White House hopefuls to blast the handling of Epstein’s case in Florida a decade ago, when his lawyers negotiated a deal with federal prosecutors that allowed him to avoid the possibility of years in prison. But her decision to move ahead with the fundraiser hosted by Kirkland and Ellis partners while criticizing the firm underscores the tension that can arise when a politician’s rhetoric collides with their need to raise money to sustain a presidential campaign.
Paul S. Ryan, attorney for the good government group Common Cause called out Harris at the time for her hypocrisy.
“If any connection with Kirkland and Ellis is a stain on (senior Justice Department officials), why isn’t a connection with the law firm for the receipt of campaign contributions a stain on her own campaign?” Ryan asked.
Kamala Harris’ husband Doug Emhoff is a high powered attorney at DLA Piper.
According to his bio “Doug’s influence and achievements as an insider across many spectrums has made him one of California’s go-to lawyers for several decades.”