By Nick Givas
Democrats pillorying Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas for not disclosing paid vacations with political donor friends remained mum when pressed by Just The News about the nearly two dozen Biden-appointed judges who also left the reimbursement sections blank on their official disclosure forms.
A Just The News review of the Biden appointees’ disclosure forms found that not only did many leave their reimbursement sections blank, but almost none of them had any “gifts” to disclose.
This alone does not prove wrongdoing, however when asked if these judges were being looked into as well, the White House, the Senate Judiciary Committee and the office of its chairman, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) had no response.
An article published last week by ProPublica outlined trips Thomas had taken with GOP meagdonor Harlan Crow, one of which included travel on a chartered plane and yacht valued at over $500,000.
“[Thomas] flies on Crow’s Bombardier Global 5000 jet,” the outlet reported. “He has gone with Crow to the Bohemian Grove, the exclusive California all-male retreat, and to Crow’s sprawling ranch in East Texas. And Thomas typically spends about a week every summer at Crow’s private resort in the Adirondacks.”
The story triggered a letter from Durbin and Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to Chief Justice John Roberts on Monday, asking for Thomas to be investigated internally.
“The Senate Judiciary Committee, which has legislative jurisdiction over Federal courts and judges, has a role to play in ensuring that the nation’s highest court does not have the federal judiciary’s lowest ethical standards,” the letter read. “You have a role to play as well, both in investigating how such conduct could take place at the Court under your watch, and in ensuring that such conduct does not happen again. We urge you to immediately open such an investigation and take all needed action to prevent further misconduct.”
The committee also promised to “hold a hearing” centered on restoring “confidence” in SCOTUS’ ethical standards and even threatened to pass new legislation if Roberts opted not to investigate.
“You do not need to wait for Congress to act to undertake your own investigation into the reported conduct and to ensure that it cannot happen again,” the Democratic lawmakers wrote. “We urge you to do so.”
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) took things a step further, calling for Thomas’ impeachment and accusing the Roberts court of human rights violations in a tweet last week.
“This is beyond party or partisanship,” she wrote. “This degree of corruption is shocking — almost cartoonish. Thomas must be impeached. Barring some dramatic change, this is what the Roberts court will be known for: rank corruption, erosion of democracy, and the stripping of human rights.”
This is beyond party or partisanship. This degree of corruption is shocking – almost cartoonish. Thomas must be impeached.
Barring some dramatic change, this is what the Roberts court will be known for: rank corruption, erosion of democracy, and the stripping of human rights. https://t.co/t8fnGLVhbV
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) April 6, 2023
The political fallout from the story caused Thomas to issue a rare public response, in which he defended his actions, stating he was in the right after seeking counsel from other court members. He pointed out that the people he was vacationing with were close personal friends and had no business before the high court.
It is hilarious that Sandy, with her own ethics and campaign finance issues, can criticize Justice Thomas for having friends. The bottom line is, the left hates it that there is a black Justice on the Supreme Court that is not imprisoned on the plantation of leftist orthodoxy.
Thomas has done nothing wrong.
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How deep down and how high up does the “conservative” corruption go?
It doesn’t go anywhere. As we’ve see, DEMOCRATS are corrupt. Sotomayor has CLEAR conflicts of interest, yet Democrats don’t seem to care about that.
And Ginsburg had numerous “friends with benefits” as well as openly expressing her hatred for Trump, yet she never recused herself. There is no doubt this is all political, plus the added pleasure for Democrats to target a black man.