“The conclusion most people can reach is that this tangled web around Justice Clarence Thomas is getting worse and worse by the day,” Durbin said.
Durbin for weeks urged Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and the Supreme Court to act. But late Sunday he shadowed the letters in a tweet saying Democrats on the Judiciary Committee would act because “the court won’t act.”
Durbin has so far been blocked by GOP opposition from any response to the Crow reports in the narrowly divided Senate. The committee held a Supreme Court ethics hearing last week, where Roberts declined an invitation to testify.
Durbin told reporters last week that he might not try to issue subpoenas for Roberts or Thomas, given the lack of history for successful subpoenas for Supreme Court justices. Durbin also said he may not be able to issue subpoenas because of Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Republican opposition.
Wyden’s letter highlighted several reports from ProPublica, including decades of luxury vacations at Crow’s private resorts, trips on his yacht and private jet, as well as an undisclosed sale of real estate from said Thomas to Crow. According to the report, among those sold is the house where Thomas’ mother still lives.