WASHINGTON, DC – Today, government watchdog Accountable.US joined a coalition-wide call for Justice Clarence Thomas’s immediate resignation in the face of a growing Supreme Court corruption crisis. The letter, organized by Alliance for Justice, and signed by 65+ watchdog and accountability organizations, comes on the heels of a bombshell Senate Finance Committee report revealing that Justice Thomas failed to repay a significant portion (if not all) of the $267,230 loaned to him by wealthy benefactor Anthony Welters for his luxury R.V — a “sweetheart deal” with damning ethical and potential tax consequences, and just the latest in a long string of serious ethics issues at the high court.
It was Justice Thomas’s decades-long improper relationship with billionaire benefactor Harlan Crow that sparked the Supreme Court corruption crisis in the first place. Now, Thomas continues to go about business as usual on the high court while skirting all ethics standards and personally benefiting in the process. Justice Thomas clearly views his position on our nation’s highest court as a chance to upgrade his own lifestyle with no consequences. As becomes more clear by the day, he is unfit to serve on our high court. Justice Thomas must resign," said Accountable.US president Caroline Ciccone.
“For decades Justice Thomas has engaged in corrupt and unethical behavior, devastating the credibility of the Supreme Court. Our justice system can only be fair and just when it is held accountable. Justice Thomas has undermined the very foundation of our judiciary. Therefore, we call for the immediate resignation of Justice Clarence Thomas,” the groups wrote.
Read the full letter here.
Earlier this week, Accountable.US applauded the Senate Judiciary Committee’s announcement to vote to authorize subpoenas for Supreme Court influence-peddlers and benefactors Leonard Leo, Harlan Crow, and Robin Arkley. Accountable.US previously joined partners in calling on the Senate to subpoena key figures involved in the Supreme Court corruption crisis, including Crow and Leo.
As ethics violations grew ahead of the Supreme Court’s term, Accountable.US led partners in calling on Chief Justice Roberts to ensure conflicted justices such as Justice Thomas recuse themselves from key cases involving their billionaire benefactors and wealthy friends.