Justice Clarence Thomas hospitalized with flu-like symptoms, Supreme Court says

He was diagnosed with an infection after being hospitalized Friday night.

Updated: March 20, 2022 - 7:50pm

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Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has been in a Washington, D.C., hospital since Friday with flu-like symptoms, according to an announcement from the court. 

"He underwent tests, was diagnosed with an infection, and is being treated with intravenous antibiotics. His symptoms are abating, he is resting comfortably, and he expects to be released from the hospital in a day or two," the press release stated.

The Supreme Court is expected to hear oral arguments on Monday without Thomas present.

"Justice Thomas will participate in the consideration and discussion of any cases for which he is not present on the basis of the briefs, transcripts, and audio of the oral arguments," according to the court.

Thomas, the longest-serving incumbent justice, was nominated to the Supreme Court in 1991 by then-President George H.W. Bush.

He is widely considered to be the most conservative sitting Supreme Court justice.

One Justice Stephen Breyer retires at the end of this session, Thomas will be the oldest justice at 73.

His hospitalization comes as the Senate Judiciary Committee prepares to start SCOTUS confirmation hearings for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on Monday.