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So Clarence Thomas is One Swampy Justice of the Supreme Court
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April 7, 2023 6:06 pm
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We were always pretty aware of his corruption. But now tremendous examples of blatant evidence are surfacing that could cost him his career.


Clarence Thomas Is On a Quest to Be the Most Corrupt Justice In the Court

Sitting on the Supreme Court—it’s good work if you can get it. Justices enjoy a lifetime appointment, extraordinary influence over the lives of their fellow Americans, and little to no formal oversight. But if you’re Clarence Thomas, the gig apparently comes with additional perks: lavish vacations, access to private jets and super-yachts, and other pricey gifts, all courtesy of a billionaire and GOP mega-donor.

According to ProPublica, the conservative justice has for decades accepted luxury vacations and other gifts from Harlan Crow, the Dallas real estate developer who has helped found the anti-tax conservative Club for Growth organization, poured millions into GOP campaigns, and provided the initial $500,000 donation to the lobbying outfit founded by the justice’s wife, Ginni Thomas. The vacations have included a week and a half of island-hopping in Indonesia on Crow’s super-yacht, an excursion that would have otherwise cost the Thomases upward of $500,000; trips to the all-male California retreat Bohemian Grove, where Crow is a member; and visits to Crow’s Texas ranch. Every summer, ProPublica reports, Thomas also spends a week at Crow’s private Adirondacks resort—hobnobbing with various corporate executives, lobbyists, and Federalist Society leader Leonard Leo, in accommodations that include a full-scale mock-up of Hagrid’s hut from Harry Potter.

As you might expect, Thomas did not report any of the vacations, private travel, or gifts on financial disclosures, in what appears to be clear, if brazen, violation of ethics laws.

“It’s incomprehensible to me that someone would do this,” retired federal judge Nancy Gertner told ProPublica. “When a justice’s lifestyle is being subsidized by the rich and famous, it absolutely corrodes public trust,” former government ethics lawyer Virginia Canter echoed, warning that Thomas “seems to have completely disregarded his higher ethical obligations.”


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  1. by HatetheSwamp on April 8, 2023 3:59 am

    Nice, po. Pickin on Uncle Tom again. You wokesters are puuuuuuuuuure racist. Just let a black male even think about stepping off the progressive planation?, hell to pay!

    Still. Bigger point: This is the Swamp for ya. This is precisely why pb's "HatetheSwamp" and, po, if you had a heart, you'd become "HatetheSwamp2.0".

    But, then, po is easier to type.

    Bahahahahahahahahahaha.



  2. by Ponderer on April 13, 2023 7:21 pm

    Bahahahahaha yourself there Bill.


    Clarence Thomas sold his childhood home to GOP donor Harlan Crow and never disclosed it. The justice's 94-year-old mom still lives there

    Under federal law, an employee of the government, including the Supreme Court, is supposed to report any real estate transaction worth more than a thousand dollars.

    But when Justice Clarence Thomas and his family sold his childhood home in 2014, the sale never appeared on a disclosure form, ProPublica reported on Thursday, nor did he reveal the identity of the buyer: Republican mega-donor Harlan Crow.

    Citing a state tax filing and a deed to the property — a home and two nearby vacant lots in Savannah, Georgia — ProPublica said the transaction netted $133,363 for Thomas, his mother, and his now-deceased brother.

    Neighbors who spoke to the outlet said the home, where Thomas spent part of his youth, is still occupied by the justice's 94-year-old mother. It is also in much better condition than before the sale, with Crow having invested $36,000 in improvements, ProPublica reported.

    In a statement, Crow told ProPublica that he intends to turn the property into a museum dedicated to Thomas. He did not say whether he's charging the justice's mother any rent.

    Liberal critics of the justice have pounced on the news, which comes after leading Democrats urged Chief Justice John Roberts to open an investigation following an earlier report about Thomas receiving free travel from Crown valued in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

    "One thing is crystal clear: this is corruption at the highest levels, and it can't be accepted," Kyle Herrig, president of the watchdog group Accountable.US, said in a statement. "Justice Thomas must be held accountable."

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  3. by Curt_Anderson on April 13, 2023 7:54 pm
    Funny how conservatives are willing to look the other way when it comes to all the evidence against Clarence Thomas and vilify those who criticize him for it.

    But with Joe Biden, the same people see criminality when accusations are nothing more than vague innuendos and unconnected dots.


  4. by HatetheSwamp on April 14, 2023 3:46 am

    Who's looking t'other way?


  5. by oldedude on April 14, 2023 5:42 am
    I winced when I saw what happened. I don't know what OPM or the law says about this. Is this a bad look at least? Absolutely. He isn't an "elected official," although my view is that he should be held to at least the same rules.

    Did he take "something of value?" yes.

    Did he charge anything to his campaign? No.

    Did he charge anything to the taxpayer. Not that anyone is aware of.

    Did he write it off? Not that I know of.

    Is there an expectation of return value? Maybe.

    OPM at the least should look into it, and if there are irregularities, turn it over to DOJ for a further investigation and prosecution as the law says.


  6. by Ponderer on April 14, 2023 7:35 am

    Very well said, olde dude! I agreed with everything in that last post of yours! 🥂

    You do seem to have a good sense of what being based in ethics is about. It's a sadly rare attribute to have for someone on your side. Please hang onto it for dear life and don't let the rest of your party ever dissuade you from it. Ethics are very important to a healthy society and not something to just blow off and ignore just for personal gain and power.


    The really sad thing about this situation is that had Thomas simply declared all the gifts he received from his sugar daddy, there would have been nothing illegal in it. But of course doing so would have opened him up to criticism for the way getting all those gifts from that particular billionaire looked.

    It's kind of like the Fifth Amendment in that way. You are free to use it so as not to incriminate yourself legally in court. But in the court of public opinion, doing so is highly incriminating. Thomas could have simply declared all those gifts to avoid any illegality, but it would have become public knowledge that a conservative Republican billionaire has been keeping him like something of a pampered pet for so many years. So he decided it was safer to break the law. I mean why not? It's not like Supreme Court justices are ever held accountable if they break the law. And he apparently lacked any basic sense of ethics enough to simply refuse the gifts for what they would obviously look like to pretty much anyone.

    When he first got a few expensive gifts from this guy years ago, he actually did declare them. But he got so much crap in the media for taking those gifts that from then on, he simply stopped reporting any gifts from this guy. From millions of dollars worth of lavish vacations year after year all over the world at tremendously exclusive places and on yachts, to having a free private jet at his beck and call, to shady real estate deals (that's the one he's going down for), to whatever else we are about to be shocked seeing come to the surface. Yeah, he could have reported it all like he was legally required to, but then it was obviously going to look like he was sewn deeply into a billionaires pocket.



    Hmmmm... Now just what is a Supreme Court justice who has become addicted to the lifestyle of the billionaires he chums around with and has no true understanding or dedication to the concept of "ethics" to do...?



    As Lawrence O'Donnell said last night, what would you want to do for a guy who bought your octogenarian mother's house (and even the properties around it!), improved the hell out of it, and let her live in it for free, thereby improving the quality of the rest of her life well beyond the means that you could have ever done for her on your salary? While at the same time saving you from ever having to pay any property tax on the place again?

    It certainly does lend some hitherto cryptic context to many of his rulings over the last few years.


  7. by oldedude on April 14, 2023 8:38 am
    You do seem to have a good sense of what being based in ethics is about. It's a sadly rare attribute to have for someone on your side.

    You would be amazed at the number of Constitutionalists. We keep pretty quiet because we often disagree with "everyone." We're hated by both sides, but the left seems much more apt to do violence towards us. Take Barr for example. Hated by the left, hated by the Trumpsters. Take a look at what things I've been called here. And that's just a beginning. The right may not like us much, but when we talk about supporting the constitution and the laws on the books, they'll shrug and walk away. The left will dox you and do what they do best.


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