This attack on conservatives is getting out of control.
Left-leaning Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a member of the “Squad,” is urging the Department of Justice to focus its attention on Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas regarding his association with a prominent Republican donor and alleged financial benefits he received from them.
According to Fox, in a letter addressed to Attorney General Merrick Garland on a Friday, Ocasio-Cortez, along with four fellow progressive legislators, has called for the initiation of an inquiry into Thomas. The investigation is sought “due to his consistent failure to disclose significant gifts received from Harlan Crow and various other affluent individuals over the span of approximately twenty years, despite being obligated to do so under federal law.”
The letter pointed to an investigative piece by ProPublica published in April. This report unveiled Justice Thomas’s close relationship with real estate mogul Harlan Crow, which afforded him opportunities to join Crow on opulent vacations via private jet and yacht, as well as enjoy complimentary stays at Crow’s extensive vacation estate, among other privileges.
The letter further alleged that Thomas had not recused himself from cases “before the court in which there was potential conflict of interest.” It also referenced other ProPublica inquiries that shed light on additional gifts Justice Thomas purportedly received from other affluent individuals.
Ocasio-Cortez emphasized the importance of equal treatment under the law, stating, “No individual should be exempt from legal scrutiny. Over a span of two decades, Justice Thomas did not appropriately disclose gifts worth millions of dollars. Today, we have formally requested the DOJ to investigate Thomas for potential violations of the Ethics in Government Act of 1978. Our initiative has the support of Ranking Members [Jerrold] Nadler & [Jamie] Raskin, as well as Judiciary Members [Ted] Lieu & Hank Johnson.”
In April, Justice Thomas responded to the initial ProPublica article with an uncommon statement, defending his long-standing friendship with Harlan and Kathy Crow. He clarified that their companionship spanned more than two and a half decades and that the personal hospitality extended to him did not need to be reported, as per guidance he sought during the early stages of his Supreme Court tenure.
“Harlan and Kathy Crow have been cherished friends for over twenty-five years, and our association has included several family trips during this extensive period,” Justice Thomas conveyed. He added, “Upon joining the Court, I sought advice from fellow justices and members of the judicial community, and I was advised that personal hospitality from close friends, particularly when they did not have matters before the Court, did not necessitate reporting.”