House Democrats: Justice Clarence Thomas Is Out Of Order For Hiding Payout To Wife

Source: Alison Gendar and Corky Siemaszko New York Daily News

Congressional Democrats demanded an ethics investigation Thursday into Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas for allegedly failing to disclose that his wife was paid $700,000 by a conservative think tank.

They say Thomas marked off the “none” box on his annual financial disclosure form while his wife, Virginia, was raking in the dough working for the Heritage Foundation.

Between 2003 and 2007, she was paid $700,000, they claim.

“To believe that Justice Thomas didn’t know how to fill out a basic disclosure form is absurd,” said Rep. Louise Slaughter, a Democrat from Rochester, N.Y.

Slaughter has asked the Judicial Conference of the United States to decide whether Thomas’ disclosure mess should be passed on to the Justice Department for review. The question is whether Thomas has failed to comply with the Ethics in Government Act of 1978.

It requires all federal judges to disclose their spouse’s employer. There was no immediate response from Thomas or the influential Heritage Foundation.

In January, after a liberal watchdog called out Thomas for omitting his wife’s place of employment on his disclosure forms, he went back and corrected some 20 years worth of the required documents.

Thomas, in a letter to the committee that handles the reports, said the info “was inadvertently omitted due to a misunderstanding of the filing instructions.”

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