One of many greatest information tales yesterday — in each the authorized trade and America, usually — was Professional Publica’s bombshell concerning the lavish items and journeys billionaire GOP megadonor Harlan Crow gave to Clarence Thomas with out a single recusal or any reporting of these items in sight.
However maybe most noteworthy is my full lack of shock. Severely, if A.I. constructed a justice with ethics issues it couldn’t have don’t a greater job than Thomas. A whole lot of the ethics controversies and outrage encompass the advocacy work that Ginni Thomas, Clarence’s spouse, does. She’s completely labored on causes and circumstances that Clarence would ultimately rule on. Certainly, Clarence has to adjudicate all method of controversies that intersect along with his spouse’s pursuits — even earlier than Ginni’s post-election advocacy made Clarence’s votes on points associated to the January sixth committee tremendous suspect. Keep in mind, she led a grassroots motion in assist of Trump’s journey ban, labored for right-wing assume tanks, and led efforts to defeat the Reasonably priced Care Act. And he or she’s been linked to darkish cash designed to remake America in the appropriate wing’s picture. (And if the Thomas family simply occurs to make ~$700,000 in revenue for Ginni’s advocacy work that — oopsie! — Clarence forgets to report on disclosure paperwork, effectively, what will be accomplished?)
So, yeah. Stress on Thomas to recuse himself on circumstances or resign from the Court docket has been excessive, with the specter of impeachment even developing. And with this newest scandal comes repeated requires impeachment, my private fav being Consultant Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeting out, “That is past celebration or partisanship. This diploma of corruption is surprising – nearly cartoonish. Thomas should be impeached.”
However not all Dems have the urge for food for that.
Which is dumb. As my colleagues identified on Twitter, with Republicans in charge of the Home, the probabilities of an impeachment vote even occurring is zilch. Provided that political actuality, why are there any Dems defending Thomas? Do they earnestly consider a mealy-mouthed response to the newest ethics disaster is the way in which to go?
Seems like Dems have precisely zero thought how to answer the intense — and repeated — ethics breaches of SCOTUS justices. And their entire ass is exhibiting.
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