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Justice Clarence Thomas responds to luxury vacations report

(NewsNation) — Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas defended himself against a recent report highlighting extravagant trips he did not disclose.

ProPublica revealed Texas real estate mogul Harlan Crow has repeatedly treated the Supreme Court justice to luxurious vacations and private jet flights which put the justice “in contact with corporate execs and political activists,” according to the report.

Supreme Court justices are expected to file annual financial disclosure reports, which include gifts. In a statement, Thomas said that the Crows have been their friends for over 25 years, claiming they have taken a number of family trips together during that time.

“Early in my tenure at the Court, I sought guidance from my colleagues and others in the judiciary, and was advised that this sort of personal hospitality from close personal friends, who did not have business before the Court, was not reportable,” he said in the statement.

The statement continued: “I have endeavored to follow that counsel throughout my tenure, and have always sought to comply with the disclosure guidelines. These guidelines are now being changed, as the committee of the Judicial Conference responsible for financial disclosure for the entire federal judiciary just this past month announced new guidance. And, it is, of course, my intent to follow this guidance in the future.”

Crow, in a statement to NewsNation partner The Hill, did not deny the allegations that Thomas had accepted such trips from him over the years, but he said the Supreme Court justice never asked for the gifts.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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