Thomas: ‘Advised This Sort Of Hospitality From Close Friends Was Not Reportable’
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- Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas defended the trips and explained that he has always followed Supreme Court guidance.
- “Harlan and Kathy Crow are among our dearest friends, and we have been friends for over twenty-five years,” the justice, who has served on the bench for 32 years, said in a Friday statement.
- “As friends do, we have joined them on a number of family trips during the more than quarter century we have known them. Early in my tenure at the Court, I sought guidance from my colleagues and others in the judiciary, and was advised that this sort of personal hospitality from close personal friends, who did not have business before the Court, was not reportable,” Thomas said.
- “I have endeavored to follow that counsel throughout my tenure, and have always sought to comply with the disclosure guidelines. These guidelines are now being changed, as the committee of the Judicial Conference responsible for financial disclosure for the entire federal judiciary just this past month announced new guidance. And, it is, of course, my intent to follow this guidance in the future.”
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