May 2, 2023
Progressive Democrats call for Clarence Thomas impeachment after reported undisclosed gifts from GOP megadonor
Progressive Democrats are calling for the impeachment of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas after reports surfaced that he failed to disclose gifts from a Republican megadonor.
According to a report by the Washington Post, Thomas failed to disclose tens of thousands of dollars in gifts from Harlan Crow, a Texas businessman and Republican donor, on his annual financial disclosure forms. The gifts reportedly included a $19,000 Bible, a $15,000 bust of Abraham Lincoln, and a $5,000 personal check.
The failure to disclose these gifts is a violation of federal law, and progressive Democrats are calling for Thomas to be held accountable.
Justice Thomas has shown a blatant disregard for the law and for the integrity of the Supreme Court, said Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. He must be impeached and removed from the bench.
Other progressive Democrats, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Ilhan Omar, have also called for Thomas's impeachment.
Justice Thomas has repeatedly shown that he is more interested in serving the interests of wealthy donors than in upholding the Constitution, said Warren. His failure to disclose these gifts is just the latest example of his unethical behavior.
Thomas has a long history of controversial decisions and statements, including his opposition to affirmative action and his support for the Citizens United decision, which allowed unlimited corporate spending in political campaigns.
Progressive Democrats argue that Thomas's close ties to wealthy donors like Crow undermine the integrity of the Supreme Court and erode public trust in the judiciary.
Justice Thomas's actions are a clear violation of the public trust, said Omar. We cannot allow him to continue to serve on the Supreme Court.
Impeaching a Supreme Court justice is a rare and difficult process, requiring a two-thirds vote in the Senate. However, progressive Democrats say that the seriousness of Thomas's actions warrants such a drastic step.
We cannot allow a Supreme Court justice to flout the law and undermine the integrity of our democracy, said Ocasio-Cortez. Justice Thomas must be held accountable.