Recently, Supreme Court judge Clarence Thomas has come under negative light after it was reported that for over 20 years, the Associate Justice of the Supreme Court had accepted multiple luxury trips from Harlan Crow.
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Harlan Crow is a Republican mega-donor and a real estate developer. After the allegations reached the public ears, Crow announced that the purpose of the vacations was never to gain any political advantage.
As per law, Clarence was required to provide the trip records under the financial disclosure law. However, he never did so, and the trips went unrecorded.
Following the disclosure of the trips, there has been an increased demand for the justice of the Supreme Court to step down. Thomas was previously alleged to have engaged in sexual misconduct.
He has also faced numerous demands to previously step down from his position related to his wife’s political activities. Numerous critics and the public had asked Thomas to step down back then.
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has been receiving significant benefits from his friendship with real estate magnate Harlan Crow, including private jet flights, yacht trips, and accommodations at Crow's luxurious Topridge estate. The extent of these undisclosed benefits… pic.twitter.com/0Iv9aAbWlG
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This year, several political leaders, including Congresswoman Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez from New York, pointed out the non-disclosure of the luxury trips as highly misleading and extremely corruptive.
The Conservative justice has faced the demand for impeachment from several people. However, in the history of the U.S., only one Supreme Court justice has ever been impeached. No justice before this has faced such allegations.
Further, Justice Samuel Chase, the only justice to ever receive the threat of impeachment, was acquitted of his wrongdoings. In 1804, he faced backlash for limiting the number of defense witnesses and not removing two biased jurors in two separate sensitive cases.
While the impeachment of a Supreme Court justice requires a direct majority in the House, it is unlikely to happen due to the apparent dominance of the Republicans.
Moreover, the impeachment process also required a supermajority of 66 votes in the Senate to convict Thomas. This is highly unlikely as the power is quite evidently split in the Senate, making it highly unlikely for a uniform vote.