One of many greatest information tales yesterday — in each the authorized trade and America, usually — was Professional Publica’s bombshell concerning the lavish presents and journeys billionaire GOP megadonor Harlan Crow gave to Clarence Thomas with out a single recusal or any reporting of these presents in sight.
However maybe most noteworthy is my full lack of shock. Critically, if A.I. constructed a justice with ethics issues it couldn’t have don’t a greater job than Thomas. Numerous the ethics controversies and outrage encompass the advocacy work that Ginni Thomas, Clarence’s spouse, does. She’s completely labored on causes and instances that Clarence would ultimately rule on. Certainly, Clarence has to adjudicate all method of controversies that intersect together with his spouse’s pursuits — even earlier than Ginni’s post-election advocacy made Clarence’s votes on issues related to the January 6th committee tremendous suspect. Keep in mind, she led a grassroots motion in help of Trump’s travel ban, labored for right-wing think tanks, and led efforts to defeat the Affordable Care Act. And he or she’s been linked to dark money designed to remake America in the fitting wing’s picture. (And if the Thomas family simply occurs to make ~$700,000 in earnings for Ginni’s advocacy work that — oopsie! — Clarence forgets to report on disclosure documents, nicely, what will be executed?)
So, yeah. Strain on Thomas to recuse himself on instances or resign from the Court docket has been excessive, with the specter of impeachment even arising. And with this newest scandal comes repeated requires impeachment, my private fav being Consultant Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeting out, “That is past social gathering 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 answerable for the Home, the probabilities of an impeachment vote even taking place 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 best way to go?
Looks like Dems have precisely zero concept how to reply to the intense — and repeated — ethics breaches of SCOTUS justices. And their entire ass is exhibiting.
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