SCOTUS corruption crisis deepens as Crow refuses to reveal details of secret gifts

WASHINGTON, DC — Earlier this month, Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Dick Durbin led Judiciary Democrats in sending a series of letters to billionaire benefactor Harlan Crow and the holding companies of his private jet, private yacht, and Topridge Camp, seeking full information on the lavish gifts and travel he gave to Justice Clarence Thomas. Today, the Committee confirmed that Crow refused to provide the requested information, instead dodging the questions with a response through his legal representation.

It was Justice Thomas’s decades-long improper financial relationship with billionaire benefactor Harlan Crow that sparked the Supreme Court corruption crisis, which has now reached a fever pitch. It’s no surprise that Crow continues to operate as though he and Thomas exist above the law — but they don’t, and they must be held accountable. Chief Justice Roberts has deflected his responsibility to clean up his Court, forcing Congress to step in. Whether by Roberts or Congress, we need urgent reform to restore credibility and integrity to our Court.”

Accountable.US president Kyle Herrig.

All 11 Judiciary Committee Democrats signed the letters — but not one Republican did. It’s no surprise why: Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee including Senators Graham, Grassley, and Cruz have accepted nearly half a million dollars in campaign contributions from Harlan Crow himself.

Accountable.US has repeatedly called for action in the aftermath of the unprecedented ethics issues undermining the integrity of our nation’s highest court. Last month, Accountable.US launched a mobile billboard campaign near the Capitol Building and around Roberts’ Chevy Chase country club which displayed messages reading “Chief Justice Roberts: The Face of a Court in Crisis,” and “Chief Justice Roberts: Clean Up Your Court,” as well as headlines highlighting Roberts’ inaction.



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