Far-left “Squad” member Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y., is demanding that the Justice Department fire Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas over his relationship with a major Republican donor and others from whom he allegedly benefited financially , takes aim.
In a Friday letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland, Ocasio-Cortez, along with four of her progressive colleagues, called on the Justice Department to open an investigation into Thomas “for his consistent failure to report significant gifts he nearly received from Harlan Crow and other billionaires.” has.” two decades – in disregard of his duty under federal law.”
First, Judge Thomas has received numerous undisclosed gifts of value from Harlan Crow over the course of at least fifteen years, despite repeatedly certifying in certifications subject to civil and criminal penalties that his financial disclosure forms were “accurate, true and.” “are complete,” the letter read.
The letter cited an April ProPublica investigation that found Thomas’ close friendship with real estate developer Harlan Crow has allowed him, among other things, to accompany the Texas billionaire on luxury vacations in his private jet and yacht, as well as free stays on Crow’s massive to enjoy holiday property.
Thomas was further accused of not withdrawing from “cases before the court where there was a potential conflict of interest,” and later cited other ProPublica investigations into other gifts Thomas had reportedly received from other wealthy individuals.
“No one is above the law. For two decades, Judge Thomas failed to report donations in the millions. Today we asked the Department of Justice to investigate Thomas for violating the Ethics of Government Act of 1978. Joining us are Ranking members [Jerrold] needler & [Jamie] Raskin and members of the judiciary [Ted] Lieu & Hank Johnson,” Ocastio-Cortez wrote on social media.
In April, following the release of the first ProPublica report, Thomas issued a rare statement defending the trips he had taken with his friends over many years and stating that he had always followed the Supreme Court’s guidance.
“Harlan and Kathy Crow are some of our closest friends and we’ve been friends for over 25 years,” Thomas said. “As friends, we have taken her on numerous family outings in the more than quarter century that we have known her.”
“Early on my tenure at the court, I sought advice from my colleagues and others in the judiciary and was advised that this type of personal hospitality was not reportable from close personal friends who did not have business before the court,” he added .