From My friends at People for the American Way (PFAW)
Efforts to hold Justice Clarence Thomas accountable for ethics violations just jumped to the next level. A group of 20 House Democrats led by Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY) are now pushing for a Justice Department investigation into Justice Thomas’ possible serious violations. Please sign our petition supporting the call for an investigation now.
Rep. Slaughter and 19 of her colleagues sent a letter to the Judicial Conference of the Administrative Office of U.S. Courts urging the Judicial Conference follow the law and refer the matter of Justice Thomas’ non-compliance with the Ethics in Government Act to the Department of Justice.
Various reports have raised concerns about Justice Thomas’ seemingly flagrant disregard for important disclosure requirements under the Ethics in Government Act. Justice Thomas failed to disclose his wife’s earnings on judicial financial disclosure forms on which he was required to do so. And there are questions about his acceptance of gifts from interests with significant stake in several Supreme Court cases.
The Supreme Court’s legitimacy and the public’s trust in the institution are under threat if Justices do not strictly adhere to ethical standards. It’s incredibly important that Justice Thomas’ violations are not ignored and that he be held accountable.
Many of you have stood with our previous work to call out Justice Thomas for his conflicts of interest and the appearance of impropriety his actions have created. This is a significant escalation in those ongoing efforts, and it’s very important that you continue to stand with us. After you sign, please help spread the word and recruit more Americans to this cause.