Clarence Thomas did not disclose real estate deal with GOP megadonor: report
Crow indicated he believed the property to be of historical value, given that the justice grew up there.
Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas reportedly failed to disclose a 2014 real estate deal with GOP megadonor Harlan Crow.
Crow paid $133,363 to purchase properties in Savannah, Ga. belonging to Thomas, his mother, and his brother's family, a report from ProPublica indicates. The outlet cited a state tax document and a deed as evidence. Thomas never reported the sale.
The billionaire then began making improvements to the home, where Thomas's mother was living. Crow indicated he believed the property to be of historical value, given that the justice grew up there.
"My intention is to one day create a public museum at the Thomas home dedicated to telling the story of our nation’s second black Supreme Court Justice," he said in a statement. "I approached the Thomas family about my desire to maintain this historic site so future generations could learn about the inspiring life of one of our greatest Americans."
Thomas's mother continued to live in the home until at least 2020.
News of the undisclosed sales of the Georgia properties follows reports from ProPublica that Thomas and his wife frequently went on vacations with Crow at the billionaire's expense. Thomas has insisted he was not required to report the trips.
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