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-by Jennifer Bendery
October 5, 2011- House Democrats are ratcheting up the pressure for a formal investigation into Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas for failing to disclose information relating to his wife's earnings -- as much as $1.6 million over the past 13 years -- on his annual financial disclosure forms.
House Rules Committee ranking member Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) on Wednesday sent a letter to the House Judiciary Committee calling for hearings "on the pattern of potential ethical lapses" by Thomas, who, after years of filing his financial forms properly, stopped disclosing his wife Ginny's employment status every year between 1997 and 2011. During that time, the letter states, his wife made at least $1.6 million, based on reports from outside groups.
-By Andrew Kreig
September 30, 2011- Twenty Democratic members of Congress wrote federal judicial authorities on Sept. 29 to request a formal Justice Department probe of Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas for failing to disclose junkets, other gifts and income.
A coalition of both black and white Democrats -- including Judiciary Committee ranking member and Congressional Black Caucus co-founder John Conyers (MI) -- told the Judicial Conference of the United States that it is required by law to seek a Justice Department investigation of the new allegations against Thomas and his wife, Republican political activist Virginia Lamp Thomas.
He Correctly Filled Out Federal Disclosure Forms for Five Years Before he Stopped, Citing Misunderstood Instructions
For Immediate Release
September 30, 2011
Contact: Blair FitzGibbon
Washington, DC - Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas flouted federal law by deliberately withholding information about his wife’s sources of income from a disclosure form required of all judges, Common Cause said today. The statement comes on the heels of a new request made Thursday by 20 House Democrats requesting a federal investigation into whether Thomas broke federal disclosure laws.