When someone changes his positions to favor the left on a lot of issues. that bribery might be the reason. There is a tremendous amount of Chinese and Soros money floating around. To the Chinese bribery is an accepted business practice. Look how well it worked with Biden and the money funneled to his son for no reason.
Judges are apolitical. It's the very nature of their position. Their job is to be neither liberal nor conservative, but to apply an even, just, and fair hand in interpreting the laws enacted by Congress.