Democrats vow to investigate Justice Thomas over undisclosed gifts from billionaire donor

The Democrats are calling for Supreme Court justices to adopt an enforceable code of conduct following a report that Justice Clarence Thomas accepted luxury gifts from GOP billionaire Dallas businessman Harlan Crow and omitted the pricey travel from his annual financial disclosure filings for decades. As a result, they called for investigations, stricter gift rules, and even Thomas’s removal. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) pledged to investigate the findings and take action. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) called for Thomas’s impeachment, referring to the reported acceptance of gifts as “corruption.” Last year, questions about Thomas’s ethics rose when it was disclosed that he did not step away from election cases following the 2020 election despite his wife, conservative activist Virginia Thomas, urging defiance of the election results. The Democrats’ outrage over Thomas’s actions reflects negatively on Chief Justice John Roberts, who has lamented the public politicization of the Supreme Court. In a statement to ProPublica, Crow stated that he and his wife have been friends of Thomas and his wife since 1996, five years after Thomas joined the high court. He said that the “hospitality we have extended to the Thomas’s over the years is no different from the hospitality we have extended to our many other dear friends” and that the couple “never asked for any of this hospitality.”

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