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Supreme Court’s Clarence Thomas took additional trips paid for by benefactor, senator says

Supreme Court’s Clarence Thomas took additional trips paid for by benefactor, senator says

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas took at least three additional trips funded by billionaire benefactor Harlan Crow that the conservative justice failed to disclose, the Democratic chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee said. Crow, a Texas businessman and Republican donor, disclosed details about the justice's travel between 2017 and 2021 in response to a Judiciary Committee vote last November to authorize subpoenas to Crow and Leonard Leo, another influential conservative figure, according to Senator Dick Durbin. Thomas has previously come under criticism for failing to disclose gifts from Crow. Thomas on June 7 revised his 2019 financial disclosure form to acknowledge that Crow paid…
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US Supreme Court justices disclose Bali hotel stay, Beyoncé tickets, book deals

US Supreme Court justices disclose Bali hotel stay, Beyoncé tickets, book deals

U.S. Supreme Court justices reported receiving gifts including a stay in a Bali hotel and tickets to a Beyoncé concert, as well as nearly $1.6 million in book advances and royalties in annual financial disclosure forms for 2023 released. Conservative Justice Clarence Thomas, who has come under criticism for failing to disclose gifts from businessman and Republican donor Harlan Crow, revised his 2019 form to acknowledge he accepted "food and lodging" at a Bali hotel and at a California club. Liberal Justice Kentaji Brown Jackson said she received four concert tickets from music superstar Beyoncé Knowles-Carter valued at $3,711.84. And conservative…
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Justice Thomas’ billionaire friend rejects Senate panel over gift list

Justice Thomas’ billionaire friend rejects Senate panel over gift list

JACQUELINE THOMSEN TEXAS billionaire Harlan Crow has rejected a Senate committee's request to detail gifts he or his companies have made to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, according to a letter seen by Reuters. "We do not believe the committee has the authority to investigate Mr Crow's personal friendship with Justice Clarence Thomas," read the letter from Crow's lawyers. "Most importantly, Congress does not have the constitutional power to impose ethics rules and standards on the Supreme Court." The committee's chairman, Senator Dick Durbin, said Crow's lawyers did not provide credible justification for refusing to respond to the panel's…
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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wants Clarence Thomas impeached

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wants Clarence Thomas impeached

KANISHKA SINGH DEMOCRATIC U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said she wants Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas to be impeached and his advisers probed after a media report described luxury trips he has taken over decades, funded by a Republican donor. "It is the House's responsibility to pursue that investigation in the form of impeachment," she told CNN in an interview. However, she acknowledged progress was unlikely since the House of Representatives has a Republican majority that would not want to take action against a conservative justice. Ocasio-Cortez said the timeline of Thomas's relationship with Republican donor and real estate magnate Harlan…
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Senators seek probes into report on undisclosed luxury trips by Supreme Court’s Thomas

Senators seek probes into report on undisclosed luxury trips by Supreme Court’s Thomas

ANDREW CHUNG and JOHN KRUZEL CONSERVATIVE U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has for decades accepted luxury trips from a Dallas businessman without publicly disclosing them despite a federal law requiring disclosure of most gifts, a media report said, prompting Senate Democrats to call for an investigation. The report by ProPublica found that Thomas has repeatedly vacationed with real estate magnate and Republican donor Harlan Crow, including on his private jet and superyacht in the United States and around the globe. The news outlet said the frequency of the gifts have "no known precedent in the modern history of the…
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