Rachel Maddow on Justice Thomas: Seems like kind of a big deal.
On Monday, February 14, Rachel Maddow covered the ongoing look at Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and his involvement with Koch Industries. Referring to the latest news reports from The New York Times, Maddow mentioned Common Cause’s ongoing concern that Justice Thomas had not reported his entire involvement with the Koch group, characterizing his appearance at a strategy retreat as a “drop by” despite having been reimbursed an undisclosed amount for four days of “transportation, meals and accommodations” over the weekend of the retreat.
Common Cause President Bob Edgar will appear on the Rachel Maddow Show tonight at 9 p.m. ET.
What questions should Rachel be asking about this? Tell us in the comments, and we’ll pass them along to her!
News Reports and Blogs
Common Cause Asks Court About Thomas Speech (The New York Times, Feb. 14, 2011) When questions were first raised about the retreat last month, a court spokeswoman said Justice Thomas had made a “brief drop-by” at the event in Palm Springs, Calif., in January 2008 and had given a talk. In his financial disclosure report for that year, however, Justice Thomas reported that the Federalist Society, a prominent conservative legal group, had reimbursed him an undisclosed amount for four days of “transportation, meals and accommodations” over the weekend of the retreat.
Arkansas Blog (Max Brantley, Feb. 15, 2011) Did Justice Clarence Thomas really make just a brief “drop-by” at a gathering of wealthy conservatives, as a court spokesman claimed? Or did he get a four-day, expenses-paid deluxe junket, as his own reporting indicates?
The Reid Report (Joy Ann Reid, Feb. 15, 2001) But these new revelations appear to indicate that Thomas is not just staring right down the gullet of multiple conflicts of interest, he may have also lied about it. I think it’s time for Clarence to talk.