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Clarence Thomas Should Be Investigated For 'Dark Money' Ties, Democrats Say

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Reports of misconduct from Justice Thomas and Justice Alito "raise serious questions about the integrity and legitimacy of the Court," House Democrats say.

In the wake of a series of concerning allegations against Supreme CourtJustice Clarence Thomas, 18 house Democrats have called for Chief Justice John Roberts to establish an independent investigative body that would hold Thomas accountable for his questionable ethical decisions.

The congress Democrats, led by Rep. Dan Goldman, expressed great concern about Thomas' financial relationships, starting with billionaire Harlan Crow:

  • Thomas accepted vacation and travel financing from Crow, including several private jet flights and a $500,000 Indonesian yacht trip. He failed to disclose this trip, claiming that it was "not reportable."
  • For $133,000, Crow purchased properties in Savannah, Georgia owned by Thomas and his family, including the home that Thomas's mother still lives in. Then, Crow financed $36,000 in home renovations. Thomas never reported the sale of his properties in Savannah.
  • Crow paid around $100,000 in tuition for Thomas's grandnephew to attend a private boarding school. These tuition payments were not reported by Thomas.
  • Thomas accepted lavish, expensive gifts from Crow, including a $19,000 bible that belonged to Frederick Douglass.
  • Crow donated $500,000 to a Tea Party group founded by the Justice's wife, Virginia 'Ginni' Thomas. He also paid her a salary of $120,000.

The congress members also brought up Thomas' ties with Leonard Leo, who "oversees a multi-billion-dollar dark money operation to influence the Supreme Court." They state that Leo arranged for Ginni Thomas to be paid at least $80,000 from the Judicial Education Project. Leo stressed to Kellyanne Conway that Ginni should not be mentioned in paperwork.

In addition to their relationships with Thomas, Crow and Leo have also been associated with other cases brought before the Court.

Ginni Thomas also had concerning connections to the January 6th insurrection. In an exchange with former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, Ginni Thomas expressed her frustration with the 2020 election results, and said that she wished more would be done to overturn the results.

"I can’t see Americans swallowing the obvious fraud. Just going with one more thing with no frickin consequences," Ginni Thomas said, according to text message records reviewed by CNN. "The whole coup and now this ... we just cave to people wanting Biden to be anointed? Many of us can’t continue the GOP charade."

Meanwhile, Thomas ruled on cases relating to the election results and January 6th insurrection. The representatives noted that Thomas was the sole dissenting voice in Trump v. Thompson, which required Trump's White House records to be surrendered to the House Select Committee.

Additionally, they brought forth allegations against Justice Samuel A. Alito, who also received extravagant donations, and was associated with Leo.

"In recent months, public reporting has revealed serious allegations of ethical improprieties by Justice Clarence Thomas and Justice Samuel Alito. These reports raise serious questions about the integrity and legitimacy of the Court," the representatives wrote.

The congress members who penned the letter insisted that Thomas's actions, if unaddressed, would compromise the ethical standards of the Supreme Court.

"If, as you say, the Court is capable of upholding the highest ethical standards, then we hope you will accept our recommendations to establish an independent and transparent investigative body and separate ethics counsel to regain the trust and confidence of the American people," they continued.

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