Senate Democrats are holding a kangaroo hearing to try to hound Justice Clarence Thomas out of the Supreme Court on a bogus ethics charge, one so bogus that all nine Justices, including the liberals, signed a letter condemning the smear.
All it’s done is open the liberal Justices up to similar ethics complaints. The Daily Wire reports that between 2010 and 2012, Justice Sonya Sotomayor got $3 million in book advances from the publisher Knopf Doubleday Group, plus another $500,000 in book royalties starting in 2017. Yet she twice failed to recuse herself in decisions involving the publisher’s parent company Random House (in one case, fellow author Justice Stephen Breyer did.)
In her latest column, Ann Coulter points out that the attempt to claim Thomas got millions of dollars’ worth of trips because he and his wife vacationed with a friend who was a billionaire GOP donor on his yacht was ridiculous because the friend was taking the vacations anyway, so the only cost was food for his guests. But liberal Justices like Ruth Bader Ginsberg get billions of dollars’ worth of free fawning publicity, book deals and other perks.
As for Justice Sotomayor, do I think this story proves she’s corrupt? No. We don’t even know how she voted in these cases, only that she should have recused herself and didn’t. I’d like to think that all our Supreme Court Justices have enough integrity not to let personal or business relationships influence their court decisions, but I don’t know if this actually violated any ethics laws or was just a mistake. Maybe it justifies an investigation, but if so, a real and impartial one, not a kangaroo hearing/public show trial.
But let’s hope this will serve as a lesson to DC’s hyper-partisan Democrats that for them to accuse Supreme Court Justices of having questionable ethics is throwing bowling balls in a glass house.