Justice Clarence Thomas Took More Undisclosed Trips on GOP Donor’s Jet, Senate Judiciary Reveals


Members of the Supreme Court sit for a new group portrait following the addition of Associate Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, at the Supreme Court building in Washington, Oct. 7, 2022. Bottom row, from left, Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts, Associate Justice Samuel Alito, and Associate Justice Elena Kagan. Top row, from left, Associate Justice Amy Coney Barrett, Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch, Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh, and Associate Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, file)
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Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas took more trips on GOP megadonor Harlan Crow’s private jet than previously known, as revealed by Senate Judiciary Chairman Dick Durbin.

Thomas flew on Crow’s plane in 2017, 2019, and 2021 for various U.S. trips, as well as a 2019 journey to Indonesia where he stayed on Crow’s yacht. This information adds to the scrutiny of Thomas’s luxury travel funded by friends with conservative ties.

Associate Justice Clarence Thomas poses for a photo at the Supreme Court building in Washington, Oct. 7, 2022. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Thomas, criticized for not disclosing these trips, claims he followed the court’s rules at the time, which have since been tightened to mandate such disclosures. His recent financial disclosures admitted an “inadvertent omission” of a hotel stay but omitted the private jet travel.

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