Group Seeks Details of Justice Thomas’ Yacht Travel

Common Cause, a non-partisan watchdog group, has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to discover if Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas failed to properly disclose the use of private jets and a yacht. Travel records obtained by the New York Times indicated that Thomas probably used planes and a yacht owned by Republican donor Harlan Crow. “Americans are concerned, and rightfully so, over mounting evidence that our highest court is operating outside the ethical standards that apply to other federal judges,” Common Cause President Bob Edgar said. Edgar noted that under the Ethics in Government Act, there are civil and criminal penalties for willfully falsifying or failing to report required information on annual financial disclosures.