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‘Get the f*ck off the Supreme Court!’ Comedian John Oliver offers to pay Justice Clarence Thomas $1M a year and hand him a $2.4M motor coach if he resigns from SCOTUS


Comedian John Oliver has offered Justice Clarence Thomas $1 million a year and a $2.4 million motor coach to ‘get the f**k off the Supreme Court‘. 

Oliver made his offer on Sunday’s episode of his HBO show, Last Week Tonight, and warned the justice he had just 30 days to accept or the offer would expire. 

It came after a series of investigations exposed that Thomas had failed to declare dozens of lavish trips and expenses paid for by Republican billionaire Harlan Crow.

The ensuing scandal called his integrity and impartiality into question, particularly in the wake of the heavily politicized Roe v Wade ruling and his refusal to recuse himself from hearings related to the January 6 insurrection. 

Oliver joked: ‘Lot on your plate right now, from stripping away women’s rights to hearing January 6 cases … and you deserve a break, you know, away from the meanness of Washington.’

Comedian John Oliver offered Justice Thomas Clarence $1 million a year to leave the Supreme Court

Justice Clarence Thomas was exposed in a series of expenses scandals last year

Justice Clarence Thomas was exposed in a series of expenses scandals last year

‘So you can be surrounded by the regular folks whose lives you made demonstrably worse for decades.’

In April last year, ProPublica exposed that Thomas had failed to declare 20 years worth of jet-setting and luxury trips paid for by Crow on financial disclosure forms.

They revealed that Thomas had vacationed on Crow’s super yacht, flown on his Bombardier Global 5000 jet and holidayed with him in males-only resort in California, Bohemian Grove.

Crow also reportedly paid roughly $100,000 in tuition for Thomas’ grand-nephew and bought the home that Thomas’ mother was living in. 

The payments – and Thomas’ failure to declare them – raised major questions over his impartiality, particularly surrounding rulings on Roe v Wade and the January 6 riot. 

Thomas decided to overturn federal abortion rights once provided by the Roe v Wade case and then refused to recuse himself from hearings pertaining to the Capitol attack. 

He resisted pressure to recuse himself from matters pertaining to whether Donald Trump could be removed from states’ ballots in the presidential election despite his wife, conservative political activist Ginni Thomas, having endorsed false claims from Trump that the 2020 election was stolen. 

Referring to the scandals while making his offer on Sunday, Oliver said: ‘So that’s the offer, $1m a year, Clarence. And a brand new condo on wheels. 

‘And all you have to do … is sign the contract and get the f**k off the supreme court. The clock starts now – 30 days, Clarence. Let’s do this!’

He promised him a $2.4 million motor coach in exchange for stepping down

He promised him a $2.4 million motor coach in exchange for stepping down

The promise of huge monetary sums and luxury gifts was a nod to the gifts Thomas accepted from his ‘friend’ Crow, who reportedly collects Nazi artefacts including a signed copy of Mein Kampf and two of Hitler’s paintings.

Oliver said: ‘I think you’re thinking, what would my friend say if I take this offer? Will they judge me as they sit in their boardrooms and mega yachts and Hitler shrines? 

Will they still treat me to luxury vacations and sing songs about me off their phones?’

He added: ‘Well, that’s the beauty of friendship, Clarence. If they’re real friends, they’ll love you no matter what your job is. So I guess this might be the perfect way to find out who your real friends actually are.’

ProPublica revealed that Thomas had spent time at Crow’s ranch in East Texas and he tended to spend a week every summer at Crow’s private resort in New York’s Adirondacks, Camp Topridge.

Rates for a nearby hotel start at $2,250 a night, but Camp Topridge is even more exclusive, as guests have to be personally invited by Crow.

It also has quirky features including a replica of Hagrid from Harry Potter’s hut, a 1950s-style soda fountain and bronze statues of gnomes.

A 2019 trip that Thomas and his wife Ginni took to Indonesia with Crow – that included private flights and time on board the yacht, named the Michaela Rose and decked out with a giant inflatable rubber duck – would have cost around $500,000, the news organization said.

Thomas’ annual salary is $285,000.

ProPublica reported that Thomas had also been on the yacht on a trip to New Zealand and around Savannah, Georgia.

The news organization also found pictures of the justice sporting a shirt with the Michaela Rose logo emblazoned with ‘March 2007’ and ‘Greek Islands,’ suggesting Thomas also took a trip then.

None of them were disclosed.

Harlan Crow

Conservative Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas disclosed that Republican billionaire Harlan Crow paid for a trio of his private flights

Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse shows a painting of Clarence Thomas (second from right) and Harlan Crow (right) gathered at Crow's Adirondacks resort, Camp Topridge. The painting is on display at the New York property

Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse shows a painting of Clarence Thomas (second from right) and Harlan Crow (right) gathered at Crow’s Adirondacks resort, Camp Topridge. The painting is on display at the New York property 

An image of Crow's yacht, the Michaela Rose, which was decked out with a giant inflatable rubber duck during the Thomases 2019 trip to Indonesia

An image of Crow’s yacht, the Michaela Rose, which was decked out with a giant inflatable rubber duck during the Thomases 2019 trip to Indonesia 

A law passed after Watergate requires justices, judges, members of Congress and federal officials to disclose most gifts.

ProPublica also reported that Crow had paid roughly $100,000 in tuition for Thomas’ grand-nephew, who the justice was raising like a son, to attend Hidden Lake Academy and Randolph-Macon Academy, a military school the billionaire had also attended.

Several days after ProPublica’s initial report on Crow financing Thomas’ vacations, the news outlet published a story saying that the billionaire had purchased the home that Thomas’ mother was living in, along with two other properties on her block that had belonged to the justice.

The new disclosure form says that in 1984 Thomas inherited one-third of the trio of properties, his mother’s residence and two additional houses in Savannah, Georgia.

In 2014, it says, Crow ‘a longtime friend of filer and his wife’ bought the houses for $133,000, along with other houses and lots on the street.

‘Filer and his wife had put between $50,000 and $75,000 into his mother’s home in capital improvements over the years, and therefore, the transaction amounted to a capital loss,’ the disclosure form says.





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