It appears progressives are once again attempting to fabricate a scandal involving Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, but two appeals court judges are sprinkling cold water on the notion.
Third Circuit Appellate Court According to The National Review, Judge Thomas Hardiman dismissed the term “scandal” and stated that he did not believe Justice Thomas committed any errors.
During an event on April 12 at Princeton University, the judge and Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge James Ho fielded queries from attendees and Washington Free Beacon reporter Aaron Sibarium regarding Justice Thomas.
“The thing that I thought was weird about the Justice Thomas thing is the ‘scandal,’ to use your word, there was no intimation at any time, ever, that his billionaire friend ever had any business before the Supreme Court. So, how’s he helping his friend? He’s not even in a position to help his friend because his friend had exactly zero cases in the Supreme Court,” Judge Hardiman said, responding to a student’s question.
“You know, I decide cases involving lawyers in Pittsburgh. And I know these lawyers, some of them are former law partners of mine. I belong to organizations with them, I go to lunch with them. Should I not hear their cases? If you have such suspicion about our integrity, you could really end up in a situation where judges can’t even do their jobs because at some point you’re attached to everybody,” he said.
The “billionaire friend” referred to is Harlan Crow, who gave luxury gifts to Justice Thomas, as reported by the left-leaning publication ProPublica.
“I’ve had my former law clerks stand up in court and argue cases. And I don’t think they’ve ever won a case,” the judge said. “And it’s not because they’re not brilliant lawyers. They are. But usually they’re doing pro bono immigration cases, and sadly, for the immigrants, those cases can be very difficult to win.”
“If someone wanted to make me look bad and I happened to rule in favor of a client in an immigration case that was argued by my former law clerk, oh, there would be a big exposé, ‘oh, Hardiman chose partiality to his law clerk,’” he said.
“I think that’s a great answer,” Judge Ho responded, who is a former clerk for Justice Thomas at the Supreme Court, said. He said there was a difference between “an actual instance of corruption” and “the mere perception” of it.
“I think the appearance issue is absolutely important” because “the judiciary basically rests on its credibility” and therefore “it is absolutely vital to what we do that people believe in what we do,” the judge said.
“The judiciary, like any human institution, isn’t perfect, because none of us are perfect,” he said.
This week, Colorado Republican Representative Lauren Boebert commented on the most recent attempts to slander U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
Democrats have escalated their war against Justice Thomas, pleading with Chief Justice John Roberts to intervene as some party members debate impeachment and others demand Thomas’ resignation.
16 congressional Democrats have asked Roberts to investigate Thomas for accepting luxury trips from a prominent Republican donor for more than two decades, excursions that he was not required to report under the current rules and regulations.
“The Left will endlessly attack a patriot like Justice Clarence Thomas but say nothing as George Soros’ son visits the White House on what is essentially a monthly basis,” Boebert tweeted.
The Left will endlessly attack a patriot like Justice Clarence Thomas but say nothing as George Soros’ son visits the White House on what is essentially a monthly basis.
— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) April 11, 2023
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