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ProPublica Raises Questions About Thomas' Ties to Kochs
Raises More
About Thomas

ProPublica Raises More Questions About Thomas

Justice attended at least two donor events for the Koch brothers' conservative political network

(Newser) - ProPublica is out with another investigative piece that questions the ties of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas to wealthy conservative donors . In this one, the outlet reports that Thomas attended at least two fundraising events over the years for the influential Koch brothers, Charles and David. (The latter died...

Kavanaugh: SCOTUS Ethics Changes Are on the Way

He predicts 'concrete steps' in the near future

(Newser) - Public confidence in the Supreme Court is at a 50-year-low, but Justice Brett Kavanaugh says change is on the way. When asked about "perceived ethical issues" at a judicial conference Thursday, Kavanaugh said the court is "continuing to work on those issues," as Chief Justice John Robert...

Thomas' Team Adds Angry Defense to Disclosures

Justice nevertheless is called out for history of unreported gifts

(Newser) - Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas didn't just file his delayed financial disclosure form on Thursday and let it go at that. He included a defense of his travels with billionaire Harlan Crow—an unusual addition, the New York Times reports. And the justice's personal attorney released a strident,...

Thomas Acknowledges Trips on Donor's Private Jet

Supreme Court justice reports 3 trips in new financial disclosure

(Newser) - Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is acknowledging that he took three trips last year aboard a private plane owned by Republican megadonor Harlan Crow. It's the first time in years that Thomas has reported receiving hospitality from Crow, per the AP . In a disclosure report made public Thursday, the...

Justices Should Know 'People Are Selling Access to Them'
SCOTUS Justices' College
Visits Get Ethically Murky

SCOTUS Justices' College Visits Get Ethically Murky

Schools often have them hobnob with donors and raise mega-bucks

(Newser) - The AP is out with a massive report on the extracurricular activities of the Supreme Court justices—specifically their seemingly innocuous visits to college campuses. But, as the agency reports, it uncovered "tens of thousands of pages of emails and other documents that reveal the extent to which public...

Court's 2 Black Justices Blast Each Other in Race Case

Kentanji Brown Jackson, Clarence Thomas spar over affirmative action ruling in their separate writings

(Newser) - When the Supreme Court delivered a devastating blow to affirmative action on Thursday, the court's newest justice—and its first Black female—unleashed a blistering dissent. Ketanji Brown Jackson also sparred with the court's other Black justice, Clarence Thomas, in their separate opinions on the case, even calling...

Surprise SCOTUS Ruling Hands Victory to State's Black Voters

Decision orders creation of second Black-majority district in Alabama

(Newser) - The Supreme Court on Thursday issued a surprising 5-4 ruling in favor of Black voters in a congressional redistricting case, ordering the creation of a second district with a large Black population, per the AP . Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Brett Kavanaugh joined with the court's liberals in...

Megadonor Turns Down Senate Request on Thomas Gifts

His lawyer argues that Judiciary Committee doesn't have authority for investigation

(Newser) - Republican donor Harlan Crow has rejected the Senate Judiciary Committee's demand for a full list of gifts he gave Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas over the years. In a letter seen by CBS , Michael Bopp, one of the billionaire's lawyers, argued that the committee doesn't have the...

Group Directed $100K to Ginni Thomas Before SCOTUS Brief

Make 'no mention of Ginni, of course,' wrote Leonard Leo to Kellyanne Conway

(Newser) - Friday brings another report of an ethics issue related to Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas, this time from the Washington Post . The newspaper uncovered a secret payment to Thomas' wife, directed by a conservative judicial activist who advised a nonprofit that would later file a brief to the Supreme Court...

ProPublica Finds Another Big Gift Given to Clarence Thomas

Harlan Crow paid for boarding school for the boy the justice was raising as a son

(Newser) - ProPublica continues reporting on the gifts bestowed upon Clarence Thomas by a wealthy billionaire friend. In a new story, the outlet reports that Harlan Crow paid the tuition at two pricey boarding schools for Thomas' grandnephew. The Supreme Court justice has previously said he raised the boy, Mark Martin,...

John Roberts 'Respectfully Declines' Senate Request to Testify

And ignores invitation to have another justice appear in his place

(Newser) - Chief Justice John Roberts has declined a request from the Senate Judiciary Committee to testify at a hearing next week on ethical standards at the court, instead providing the panel with a statement of ethics reaffirmed by the court's nine justices, the AP reports. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick...

Thomas, Gorsuch Hit With New Disclosure Issues

Clarence Thomas reportedly ruled in case of interest to his billionaire friend Harlan Crow

(Newser) - The controversy surrounding Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas continues to grow, with Bloomberg reporting that his friend Harlan Crow had an interest in a case brought before the court, despite Thomas' assurances that he didn't think he needed to report pricey vacations paid for by the billionaire because Thomas...

Clarence Thomas's Wealthy Friend: It's a 'Political Hit Job'

Harlan Crow defends his friendship with Supreme Court justice to 'Dallas Morning News'

(Newser) - The other figure embroiled in a series of negative stories about Clarence Thomas is speaking up to defend his relationship with the Supreme Court justice. Real estate magnate Harlan Crow tells the Dallas Morning News in a lengthy interview that he and Thomas are the victims of a "political...

New Thomas Report Focuses on His Mother's Home
New Thomas
Report Focuses
on His Mother's

New Thomas Report Focuses on His Mother's Home

ProPublica reveals he failed to disclose real estate deal with billionaire Harlan Crow

(Newser) - A new ProPublica report about Clarence Thomas' financial relationship with real estate magnate Harlan Crow may be more troublesome for the justice than the first one . The new one reveals that Thomas failed to disclose a 2014 real estate deal in which Crow bought the home of Thomas' elderly mother...

WSJ Editorial: This Thomas Scandal Is No Scandal

WSJ Editorial:
Is the Victim
of a Smear

WSJ Editorial: Thomas Is the Victim of a Smear

Conservative page accuses the left of playing politics with reports about his luxury travel

(Newser) - Clarence Thomas has been taking a lot of grief from his political enemies over reports of the luxury vacations he has taken for years at the expense of real estate magnate Harlan Crow. Now, however, the conservative editorial page of the Wall Street Journal is coming to his defense. "...

Clarence Thomas Defends His Non-Reporting of Luxe Trips

Supreme Court justice says he didn't disclose 'hospitality' of friend because he was advised it wasn't necessary

(Newser) - Clarence Thomas issued a rare statement Friday in which he says that he did not report years' worth of luxury travel paid for by real estate magnate Harlan Crow because he didn't think he had to under existing laws, reports CNN . Thomas describes Crow and wife Kathy as among...

Clarence Thomas' Gift Disclosures Abruptly Stopped in 2004

Embattled justice only reported 2 gifts in years after critical 'Los Angeles Times' report

(Newser) - Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, who reportedly accepted lavish gifts of travel from a GOP donor without reporting them, has only reported two gifts since 2004, according to financial disclosure reports. According to the Washington Post , which reviewed the reports, a 2004 Los Angeles Times story about the many gifts...

Democrats Seething Over Clarence Thomas Report

AOC, for one, says justice should be impeached over gifts from billionaire conservative donor

(Newser) - Neither Clarence Thomas himself nor the Supreme Court has responded to ProPublica's report detailing how the justice has received lavish vacations and gifts from a prominent GOP donor for 20 years without disclosing them. Democrats, on the other hand, have plenty to stay about Thomas' relationship with real estate...

Clarence Thomas Has a Luxury Benefactor
Clarence Thomas
Has a Luxury

Clarence Thomas Has a Luxury Benefactor

ProPublica suggests justice should be reporting exotic trips paid for by billionaire friend Harlan Crow

(Newser) - Clarence Thomas has a very, very rich friend. This friend, billionaire real estate magnate Harlan Crow, has for two decades let the Supreme Court justice and his wife travel around the world to exotic locales at his expense, reports ProPublica . The story by Joshua Kaplan, Justin Elliott, and Alex Mierjeski...

Ginni Thomas: I Regret Those Post-Election Texts

Wife of Clarence Thomas told Jan. 6 panel the election aftermath was an 'emotional time'

(Newser) - Ginni Thomas still thinks the 2020 election was stolen, but the wife of Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas says she regrets the many texts she sent in its aftermath seeking to have the results overturned. The details of Thomas' testimony before the House panel tasked with investigating the Capitol riot...

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