Clarence Thomas' financial records absent from Supreme Court's 2022 report

 June 8, 2023

According to ABC News, the Supreme Court has published 2022 financial records for its justices. Among the disclosures are that Justice Sonia Sotomayor made about $150,000 in book royalties from Penguin Random House.

However, the network is more concerned about what the disclosure does not contain: any information relating to Justice Clarence Thomas. 

Thomas and Alito's financial disclosures are not available online

Justice Clarence Thomas was attacked after a left-wing news outlet ProPublica reported that he went on expensive vacations paid for by conservative mega-donor Harlan Crow.

In addition to providing trips for Thomas and his wife, Crow is also said to have gifted the justice with a Bible that once belonged to abolitionist Frederick Douglass.

ABC News noted how Thomas' financial records were not the only ones that were missing from the online post, as fellow conservative Justice Samuel Alito's disclosure was also not made publicly available.

Fox News reported in April that Thomas issued a statement in which he denied any wrongdoing, saying, "Harlan and Kathy Crow are among our dearest friends, and we have been friends for over twenty-five years."

Thomas says he has "always sought to comply with the disclosure guidelines"

"As friends do, we have joined them on several family trips during the more than quarter century we have known them," Thomas said.

"Early in my tenure at the Court, I sought guidance from my colleagues and others in the judiciary, and was advised that this sort of personal hospitality from close personal friends, who did not have business before the Court, was not reportable," he explained.

"I have endeavored to follow that counsel throughout my tenure, and have always sought to comply with the disclosure guidelines," the justice continued.

"These guidelines are now being changed, as the committee of the Judicial Conference responsible for financial disclosure for the entire federal judiciary just this past month announced new guidance," Thomas added before concluding, "And, it is, of course, my intent to follow this guidance in the future."

Lindsay Graham points to double standard regarding RBG

Last month, South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsay Graham lambasted liberals for going after Thomas despite having ignored questionable behavior by the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

In particular, he pointed to their lack of outrage in 2019 when Ginsburg received the Berggruen Prize along with its $1 million award. While Graham acknowledged that Ginsburg did not keep the money, she was permitted to donate it to organizations of her choosing.

He also recalled how Democrats did not voice objections in 1998 when the liberal icon donated a signed copy of one of her decisions to the National Organization for Women (NOW) Legal Defense Fund to sell at a fundraiser.

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