Justice Clarence Thomas Alleged To Receive Thousands Yearly From Closed Real Estate Firm

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas disclosed on financial disclosure forms that his family received thousands of dollars in rental revenue from a Nebraska real estate company that has been closed since 2006, according to a story by The Washington Post on Sunday.

Over the past 20 years, Thomas has disclosed income from Ginger Ltd. Partnership; however, the report states that in 2006, the Ginger Ltd. Partnership was shut down and replaced by a new company. Although the new company, Ginger Holdings LLC, has a similar name, Thomas’ records make no note of it.

According to reports, Thomas has disclosed between $50,000 and $100,000 per year from the previous company.

Even if the error can be attributed to a simple paperwork error, it still raises questions about the justice’s financial practices in light of a recent ProPublica investigation that revealed Thomas secretly accepted lavish trips from Republican megadonor Harlan Crow for more than 20 years, ostensibly in violation of a financial disclosure law.

Justice Clarence Thomas Alleged To Receive Thousands Yearly From Closed Real Estate Firm

Thomas, a conservative associate judge on the United States Supreme Court since 1991, allegedly failed to declare the travels on his financial reports as required by law, according to the nonprofit newsroom. ProPublica claims that Crow bought the property from Thomas, which the justice also avoided mentioning.

The investigation gives Thomas’ critics more evidence to support their claim that he should recuse himself from cases involving his wife’s conservative political activities, including her involvement in schemes to rig the 2020 election.

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The Democratic majority on the Senate Judiciary Committee demanded a probe into Thomas’ actions on Monday.

Chairman Dick Durbin of Illinois and the other 10 Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary panel wrote to Chief Justice John Roberts urging him to “immediately open” an investigation into “how such conduct could take place” under his watch.

In the letter, the committee said it would arrange a hearing “in the coming days” to discuss “the need to restore confidence in the Supreme Court’s ethical standards.”

The Post contacted Thomas and his wife for comment, but they did not answer. There was no immediate response when CNBC got the Supreme Court for analysis.

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