Rachel Maddow on Justice Thomas: Seems like kind of a big deal.

maddowOn 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.

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42 Responses to “Rachel Maddow on Justice Thomas: Seems like kind of a big deal.”

  1. If there’s no one above the U.S. Supreme Court, who can bring these Justices in line?

    • “US” Katie, thats it. As long as the majority of the Court remains “conservative”, which represents the corporations of this country, rulings will always lean to a shift of power from the “people”. “Liberal” Supreme court nominations are the key. Being a life-time position, the only way there could be an “opening” for another nominee, would be; death, resignation or the power of “us” . I know, dont you hate when “we the people” have to get involved in Democracy. :) Regards

      • At least that’s the way i understand it, but don’t expect “them” to tell us how to regain power, they wont. peace

  2. If there’s no one above the U.S. Supreme Court, who can bring these Justices in line?

    • “US” Katie, thats it. As long as the majority of the Court remains “conservative”, which represents the corporations of this country, rulings will always lean to a shift of power from the “people”. “Liberal” Supreme court nominations are the key. Being a life-time position, the only way there could be an “opening” for another nominee, would be; death, resignation or the power of “us” . I know, dont you hate when “we the people” have to get involved in Democracy. :) Regards

      • At least that’s the way i understand it, but don’t expect “them” to tell us how to regain power, they wont. peace

  3. If there’s no one above the U.S. Supreme Court, who can bring these Justices in line?

    • “US” Katie, thats it. As long as the majority of the Court remains “conservative”, which represents the corporations of this country, rulings will always lean to a shift of power from the “people”. “Liberal” Supreme court nominations are the key. Being a life-time position, the only way there could be an “opening” for another nominee, would be; death, resignation or the power of “us” . I know, dont you hate when “we the people” have to get involved in Democracy. :) Regards

      • At least that’s the way i understand it, but don’t expect “them” to tell us how to regain power, they wont. peace

  4. Posted this story on my blog, Path to Well-Being at http://asheham.wordpress.com/

    This is influence peddling if I ever saw it.

  5. Posted this story on my blog, Path to Well-Being at http://asheham.wordpress.com/

    This is influence peddling if I ever saw it.

  6. Posted this story on my blog, Path to Well-Being at http://asheham.wordpress.com/

    This is influence peddling if I ever saw it.

  7. Can’t wait to see Bob Edgar on Maddow tonight, go Bob!

  8. Can’t wait to see Bob Edgar on Maddow tonight, go Bob!

  9. Can’t wait to see Bob Edgar on Maddow tonight, go Bob!

  10. Darcy – me neither! I’ll try to Live Tweet!

  11. Darcy – me neither! I’ll try to Live Tweet!

  12. Darcy – me neither! I’ll try to Live Tweet!

  13. It’s great that this story is finally getting the airing that it deserves! Supreme Court justices should be held to the same code of ethics that applies to every other judge in the country. No one should certainly be above the law –

  14. It’s great that this story is finally getting the airing that it deserves! Supreme Court justices should be held to the same code of ethics that applies to every other judge in the country. No one should certainly be above the law –

  15. It’s great that this story is finally getting the airing that it deserves! Supreme Court justices should be held to the same code of ethics that applies to every other judge in the country. No one should certainly be above the law –

  16. Thank you Common Cause for exposing this story!!!

  17. Thank you Common Cause for exposing this story!!!

  18. Thank you Common Cause for exposing this story!!!

  19. You wanted questions? Here ya go.
    1) Is there a set of ‘official’ ethical standards for SCOTUS?
    2) Does US Atty Gen have authority to investigate SCOTUS?
    3) What can Congress do?
    4) Short of impeachment, what disciplinary actions can anybody take?
    5) Is this really as potentially explosive as it looks?

  20. You wanted questions? Here ya go.
    1) Is there a set of ‘official’ ethical standards for SCOTUS?
    2) Does US Atty Gen have authority to investigate SCOTUS?
    3) What can Congress do?
    4) Short of impeachment, what disciplinary actions can anybody take?
    5) Is this really as potentially explosive as it looks?

  21. You wanted questions? Here ya go.
    1) Is there a set of ‘official’ ethical standards for SCOTUS?
    2) Does US Atty Gen have authority to investigate SCOTUS?
    3) What can Congress do?
    4) Short of impeachment, what disciplinary actions can anybody take?
    5) Is this really as potentially explosive as it looks?

  22. Justice Thomas … STEP DOWN OR DROP OUT. You are in a conflict of interest.

  23. Justice Thomas … STEP DOWN OR DROP OUT. You are in a conflict of interest.

  24. Justice Thomas … STEP DOWN OR DROP OUT. You are in a conflict of interest.

  25. Why am I not surprised? We simply have to follow the money to see where we are headed.
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  26. Why am I not surprised? We simply have to follow the money to see where we are headed.
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  27. Why am I not surprised? We simply have to follow the money to see where we are headed.
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  28. Thank you MSNBC and Rachel Maddow.
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  29. Thank you MSNBC and Rachel Maddow.
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  30. Thank you MSNBC and Rachel Maddow.
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