Clarence Thomas Defends Billionaire Gifts in Financial Disclosure
Summary from AllSides News Team
Supreme Court Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito released their 2022 financial disclosures on Thursday, in which they addressed recent ethics complaints.
The Details: Along with other disclosures, Thomas said billionaire Republican donor Harlan Crow paid for two private jet trips for him in 2022, one of which he said was necessary because of heightened security following the Roe v. Wade decision leak. A letter from Thomas’ attorney, which Bloomberg Law (Not Rated) called “highly unusual,” criticized recent ethics complaints as “political blood sport.” Democratic lawmakers have called for stronger Supreme Court ethics rules since ProPublica (Lean Left bias) reported on Thomas’ past dealings with Crow.
Coverage from the Left: Several articles from left-rated sources framed Thomas’ dealings with Crow as likely unethical. Coverage often described Crow’s gifts as “lavish” or “luxurious,” undercutting Thomas’ argument that they were innocent or necessary for security. Insider (Lean Left bias) noted the “obvious ethical concerns of a Supreme Court justice doing business with a billionaire” and suggested that Thomas wanted his mother, whose house Crow purchased, to live in a “blighted neighborhood full of junkies.”
Coverage from the Right: Right-rated sources often framed Thomas as innocent. Fox News (Right bias) said Thomas had faced a “barrage of ethics attacks” and noted early in its article that Thomas’ “defenders” had “argued that he has followed the court's reporting guidelines.” National Review (Right bias) attributed ethics concerns to “the mainstream media and left-wing groups,” thus potentially framing them as politically motivated.
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From the LeftClarence Thomas Acknowledges Undisclosed Real Estate Deal With Harlan Crow and Discloses Private Jet Flights
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas for the first time acknowledged that he should have reported selling real estate to billionaire political donor Harlan Crow in 2014, a transaction revealed by ProPublica earlier this year. Writing in his annual financial disclosure form, Thomas said that he “inadvertently failed to realize” that the deal needed to be publicly disclosed.
In the form, which was made public Thursday after he’d received an extension on the filing deadline, Thomas also disclosed receiving three private jet trips last year from Crow. ProPublica reported on two of those...
From the CenterThomas and Alito file 2022 financial disclosures
Justice Clarence Thomas took three trips in 2022 hosted in part or in full by Dallas billionaire Harlan Crow, according to a financial disclosure form made public on Thursday morning. The form also revealed that on at least two of those trips, Thomas traveled by private jet – according to Thomas, at the recommendation of his security detail in the wake of the leaked draft opinion overturning the constitutional right to an abortion.
Each justice is required to file a financial disclosure every year by May 15 with the Administrative Office...
From the RightJustice Thomas 2022 Financial-Disclosure Form Clears Up Past Errors, Undermines Corruption Allegations
The Judicial Conference released Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’s 2022 financial disclosure form on Thursday, amid heightened scrutiny over his disclosures due to several accusations of ethical impropriety from the mainstream media and left-wing groups.
The disclosure form, along with a statement from Thomas’s attorney, Elliot S. Berke, refutes many of the allegations made against the justice and suggests any errors in past disclosures were inadvertent.
“Justice Thomas’s critics allege that he failed to report gifts from wealthy friends. Untrue,” Berke said in a statement. “He has never accepted a gift from...