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May 15, 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." 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. "He has no place on the Supreme Court." Thomas has a long history of controversial decisions and statements, including his opposition to affirmative action and his support for unlimited campaign spending by corporations. He has also been accused of sexual harassment by former colleague Anita Hill, a charge he has denied. The calls for Thomas's impeachment come at a time of heightened scrutiny of the Supreme Court, which has become increasingly politicized in recent years. With the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy and the appointment of conservative Justice Brett Kavanaugh, the court has shifted further to the right, leading to concerns about the future of reproductive rights, voting rights, and other key issues. Progressive Democrats argue that Thomas's failure to disclose gifts from a Republican megadonor is just the latest example of the court's lack of transparency and accountability. "We need a Supreme Court that is independent, impartial, and accountable to the American people," said Omar. "Justice Thomas's actions have shown that he is none of these things."