Clarence Thomas and the Billionaire

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Forgive me for responding to the off-topic post but it is highly ironic that you complain about Biden "bullying" the IRS (or at least attempted it) after Trump did it for four years; both preventing the mandatory audit required of the President (he was only audited once during his four years being president) and his attempt to weaponize the IRS against his "enemies."

I'd love to respond to this...but NYT pay walls everything, and they haven't been worth a dime imo since 2010ish.
 
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I'd love to respond to this...but NYT pay walls everything, and they haven't been worth a dime imo since 2010ish.

Odd, if you would really have loved to reply, that you ignored the first link (which was to PBS News Hour). Otherwise, there is always the New York Post article for the second link.
 
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Odd, if you would really have loved to reply, that you ignored the first link (which was to PBS News Hour). Otherwise, there is always the New York Post article for the second link.

Uh huh...John Kelly is on the board of Caliburn International - Wikipedia

Now, what do they do? A lot of contract for profit work in Washington DC.

Trashing Trump is important for his bottom line right now...if Trump wins the next election, I wouldn't be surprised to see a 180 out of Kelly.

If he did have some sort of "vendetta" investigation into Comey....well that's awful. It's also, pretty insignificant. It's not as if Comey is a reporter telling everyone the dirt on how DC got its claws into Twitter for the purpose of spreading propaganda and silencing critics.
 
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A “Delicate Matter”: Clarence Thomas’ Private Complaints About Money Sparked Fears He Would Resign

Interviews and newly unearthed documents reveal that Thomas, facing financial strain, privately pushed for a higher salary and to allow Supreme Court justices to take speaking fees.


In early January 2000, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas was at a five-star beach resort in Sea Island, Georgia, hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt.
After almost a decade on the court, Thomas had grown frustrated with his financial situation, according to friends. He had recently started raising his young grandnephew, and Thomas’ wife was soliciting advice on how to handle the new expenses.

At the resort, Thomas gave a speech at an off-the-record conservative conference. He found himself seated next to a Republican member of Congress [Cliff Stearns of Florida] on the flight home. The two men talked, and the lawmaker left the conversation worried that Thomas might resign.

Congress should give Supreme Court justices a pay raise, Thomas told him. If lawmakers didn’t act, “one or more justices will leave soon” — maybe in the next year.

“His importance as a conservative was paramount,” Stearns said in a recent interview. “We wanted to make sure he felt comfortable in his job and he was being paid properly.”

In other private conversations, Thomas repeatedly talked about removing a ban on justices giving paid speeches.


Thomas’ efforts were described in records from the time obtained by ProPublica, including a confidential memo to Chief Justice William Rehnquist from a top judiciary official seeking guidance on what he termed a “delicate matter.”

The documents, as well as interviews, offer insight into how Thomas was talking about his finances in a crucial period in his tenure, just as he was developing his relationships with a set of wealthy benefactors.

Congress never lifted the ban on speaking fees or gave the justices a major raise. But in the years that followed, as ProPublica has reported, Thomas accepted a stream of gifts from friends and acquaintances that appears to be unparalleled in the modern history of the Supreme Court.

Precisely what led so many people to offer Thomas money and other gifts remains an open question.
 
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