by Frank Holmes, reporter
Democrats have called on Clarence Thomas to recuse himself, or resign from the Supreme Court, over his friendship with a billionaire—but new investigations show he’s not the only one with a perceived “conflict of interest”…not by a long shot.
The Left has emphasized Justice Clarence Thomas’ friendship with wealthy real estate magnate named Harlan Crow. Thomas, who usually travels America’s camp sites in his RV, accompanied his friend on a few first-class trips and didn’t disclose them.
Democrats have seized on the issue as an excuse to force the constitutional conservative off the high court and give Joe Biden the opportunity to name a left-wing judicial activist in his place.
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY, told CNN that “it’s the House’s responsibility to pursue that investigation in the form of impeachment.”
That’s not exactly new: AOC’s statements came almost exactly one year after the congresswoman warned Thomas he had to resign or “his vote to block the Jan 6th commission from key information must be investigated and could serve as grounds for impeachment.”
A year ago, her squad-mate Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., and Georgia Democrat Hank Johnson demanded Thomas quit or be impeached.
Clarence Thomas should resign.
If not, his failure to disclose income from right-wing organizations, recuse himself from matters involving his wife, and his vote to block the Jan 6th commission from key information must be investigated and could serve as grounds for impeachment.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 29, 2022
After the latest explosion—which was triggered by a report in the Soros-funded ProPublica website—Justice Thomas said he had been told by by colleagues and others in the judiciary” not to report the trips, which don’t violate any law.
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“There is no evidence that the failure to disclose was either an ethical or constitutional violation,” said legal expert Jonathan Turley.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is promising articles of impeachment against Justice Clarence Thomas over the failure to disclose trips with a billionaire friend. https://t.co/QH4i434Th2 There is no evidence that the failure to disclose was either an ethical or constitutional violation
— Jonathan Turley (@JonathanTurley) April 7, 2023
That left AOC huffing mad.
“I think, when it comes to Justice Thomas’ statement, when he’s talking about his colleagues, and when he’s talking about who advised him to break the law, I think we need to know who those people are,” AOC said.
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If she wants to find out the list of justices who take undisclosed trips without recusing themselves, she can start with the court’s left flank.
Obama appointee Justice Sonia Sotomayor has raked in more than $3.5 million from Penguin Random House or its subsidiaries, for children’s books she has written, according to an accounting from The Daily Wire.
But Sotomayor didn’t recuse herself when the publisher that made her a multimillionaire had business before the court.
In 2013, the Supreme Court voted whether to take up a lawsuit filed by a former classmate of Facebook/Meta founder Mark Zuckerberg that Penguin Random House had stolen his book idea to make the movie The Social Network.
Those votes are totally private, so we don’t know what decision she made, or whether she influenced any other justice to change their vote.
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But the justices voted not to hear the case against Sotomayor’s publisher.
Sonia Sotomayor received over $3 million for her books from Penguin Random House publishing and then didn't recuse herself from a case in which they were involved before SCOTUS where the company stood to lose money.
What did Clarence Thomas do again?https://t.co/PQxF53RmC1
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) May 4, 2023
“I’m a relatively simple man, but that sure seems much worse than Thomas getting a free vacation from a friend,” wrote a conservative commentator at RedState.com. “Sotomayor’s actions look even more scandalous when you consider other liberal justices who took money from Penguin House did recuse.”
Another liberal has similar disclosure issues to Clarence Thomas: Biden appointee Ketanji Brown Jackson.
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Last month, she amended a financial disclosure form she filed last March, saying she “inadvertently omitted” her husband receives from consulting on medical malpractice cases—cases that could come before the Supreme Court.
The left-wing hypocrisy has been piling up for decades.
“The Left has been ignoring the misdeeds from their own side,” said The Daily Caller.
Retired Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer took three trips in 2018 financed by one of the top donors—and closest friends—of then-President Barack Obama.
The Chicago-based Pritzker family, which has donated millions of dollars to Democras, also donated free trips for Breyer to fly to New York City, Vancouver, and Paris. “In 2018, Justice Breyer traveled to Ireland and Spain. In 2016, he traveled to New York, Spain and France,” said Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas. “In 2013, he traveled to Norway, Sweden and Denmark. In 2012, he traveled to Beijing and to London — all of this paid for by the Pritzker Foundation.”
The worst offender may be the Left’s greatest legal icon: Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Ginsburg ruled against a Virginia Military Institute policy that did not allow women into the military institution…and later on, Ginsburg signed the decision and let a leftist, feminist PAC auction it off, in violation of specific federal law.
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The National Organization for Women’s PAC collected cash in exchange for Ginsburg’s signed decision—cash it used to support far-Left Democrats in elections.
“Justice Ginsburg’s signing the VMI opinion for the benefit of NOW’s PAC—which financially supports candidates running for office—expressly violates a judge’s ethical duty to refrain from political activity,” said Judicial Crisis Network President Carrie Severino. “Where was the outrage from the left then?”
“The current campaign is about intimidating the Supreme Court’s originalist majority, not ethics,” she said.
Which is good. As the record shows, left-wing justices could never survive a real ethics test.
Frank Holmes is a veteran journalist and an outspoken conservative that talks about the news that was in his weekly article, “On The Holmes Front.”