[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the statement below on the letters sent by the Committee to Republican mega-donor Harlan Crow, the holding companies that own his private jet, private yacht, and Topridge Camp. The letters seek to identify the full extent of Mr. Crow’s and the corporations’ gifts to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, what other individuals were able to gain special access to Justice Thomas and any other Justices via the travel and lodging provided, and whether those individuals had interests before the Supreme Court.
“We’re taking solid, strong steps toward uncovering facts concealed too long. Surfacing these records relating to severe improprieties is a good beginning. The public as well as our Committee needs and deserves to see them — to assess action on a Code of Conduct and broader ethics reform for the Court,” Blumenthal said. “My hope is that these documents will be provided voluntarily, and that there will be cooperation in our next steps as well. I thank Chairman Durbin for his leadership.”
The full text of the letter to Mr. Crow is available here. The full text of the letter to the entity that owns Topridge Camp is available here. The full text of the letter to the entity that owns the Michaela Rose yacht is available here. The full text of the letter to the entity that owns Mr. Crow’s private plane is available here.