Justice Clarence Thomas Faces Scrutiny Over Undisclosed Lavish Trips

Noah Silverbrook

Updated Saturday, June 8, 2024 at 6:06 AM CDT

Justice Clarence Thomas Faces Scrutiny Over Undisclosed Lavish Trips

Justice Clarence Thomas has acknowledged that Republican billionaire Harlan Crow paid for his accommodations during trips in 2019 to Bali and Sonoma County. This acknowledgment surfaced in an annual financial disclosure report filed by Thomas, made public on Friday. Eight of the nine justices released their financial reports the same day, with Justice Samuel Alito receiving a 90-day extension.

Thomas has faced criticism for accepting lavish trips from Crow without disclosing them, though he claims Crow is a close personal friend. The 2019 trip to Indonesia, which included time on a private yacht, was first reported by ProPublica last year and was not included in Thomas' disclosure form for that year. Thomas stated that he had been advised by ethics officials that "personal hospitality" from friends did not need reporting. However, the new filing suggests that stays at hotels or clubs owned by third parties have long required disclosure.

In the same financial report, Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson revealed receiving four concert tickets from Beyonce, valued at about $3,700. Justice Samuel Alito faced scrutiny for flying on a private jet and vacationing in Alaska with a hedge fund billionaire with interests before the court. Additionally, two controversial flags associated with the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol attack were displayed at Alito's homes.

Three justices reported six-figure amounts from book deals or royalties. Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson received nearly $900,000 in a book advance, Justice Brett Kavanaugh earned $340,000 in book royalties, and Justice Neil Gorsuch reported $250,000 in royalty income. Justice Sonia Sotomayor earned about $87,000 in book royalties and was paid approximately $1,900 for her voice performance in the PBS Kids show "Alma’s Way."

On another front, New Jersey businessman Jose Uribe testified that he bribed Sen. Bob Menendez, giving his wife, Nadine Menendez, a Mercedes in exchange for Menendez's influence. Uribe pleaded guilty in March and is cooperating with prosecutors. Uribe and businessman Wael Hana conspired to bribe Menendez. Both Menendez and his wife, along with Hana and businessman Fred Daibes, have pleaded not guilty. They are charged with accepting “hundreds of thousands of dollars” in bribes, including gold bars.

Uribe sought Menendez's help to mitigate a criminal probe by the New Jersey state attorney general’s office into Uribe's associates. Former New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal testified that Menendez's attempts to discuss an ongoing criminal case were unprecedented. Assistant U.S. Attorney Lara Pomerantz argued that Menendez abused his position as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, calling him "powerful" and "corrupt." Menendez's attorney, Ari Weitzman, stated that Menendez had not violated the law and claimed there would not be a single piece of tangible evidence that the senator accepted a bribe. Menendez had stepped down as chairman shortly after his indictment in September but has resisted calls for his resignation.

Conservative Bias:

Once again, we see the liberal media attacking a stalwart of conservative values, Justice Clarence Thomas, for simply enjoying the hospitality of a close friend. The left is desperate to smear anyone who stands in the way of their radical agenda, and they'll stop at nothing to tarnish the reputation of a man who has dedicated his life to upholding the Constitution. Meanwhile, they conveniently ignore the blatant corruption on their side, like Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson receiving thousands of dollars in concert tickets from Beyonce. And let's not forget the Menendez bribery scandal, a classic example of Democratic corruption at its finest. The mainstream media will downplay this, but the evidence is clear: Menendez and his cronies are neck-deep in a swamp of bribery and corruption, yet they have the audacity to call for ethical standards. The hypocrisy is staggering!

Liberal Bias:

It's no surprise that Justice Clarence Thomas is once again embroiled in scandal, this time for failing to disclose lavish trips paid for by a Republican billionaire. This is a glaring example of the corruption and lack of accountability that runs rampant in conservative circles. Thomas' cozy relationship with wealthy benefactors undermines the integrity of our highest court. And let's not overlook Justice Samuel Alito's unethical behavior, flying around on private jets and vacationing with hedge fund billionaires. On the other side, we have the Menendez bribery trial, which further exposes the rot within the Republican ranks. Menendez's blatant abuse of power and corruption is a disgrace, yet Republicans are quick to defend their own while pointing fingers at others. The double standards and corruption are sickening!

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