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Fri May 17, 2024, 04:38 AM May 17

Democrats want more answers from Justice Clarence Thomas about $267,000 loan for RV [View all]

Source: USA Today

Published 4:40 p.m. ET May 16, 2024 | Updated 6:01 p.m. ET May 16, 2024

WASHINGTON ? Democratic senators want more answers from Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas about a $267,000 loan he received in 1999 to purchase a high-end motorhome. Sens. Ron Wyden of Oregon and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island wrote in a letter to Thomas’ attorney Wednesday that the justice has evaded answering whether he’s repaid any of the loan.

That leaves open the possibility, the senators said, that Thomas failed to report to the IRS ? and pay taxes on ? any part of the loan that was forgiven. “The possibility of a serious tax violation of this kind by a member of the Supreme Court warrants investigation,” they wrote. Wyden leads, and Whitehouse is a member of, the Senate Finance Committee, which oversees tax issues.

Thomas’ lawyer, Elliot Berke, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. He previously told the committee that Thomas “has fully complied with all judicial disclosure rules on this matter.”

Thomas received the loan, which was reported by the New York Times in August, from Anthony Welters, a healthcare executive and close friend of the Supreme Court justice. The RV Thomas purchased with the loan was equipped with a kitchen, leather seating, a bedroom and donned an orange flame motif and a pegasus painted on the back.

Read more: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2024/05/16/clarence-thomas-motorhome-rv-loan-democrats-question/73720621007/

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