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Nine Months Later, Has the Financial Disclosure Committee Even Met to Discuss the Justice Thomas Referral?

We asked them earlier today, and here’s the response we got this afternoon:

“We don’t discuss the ongoing work of the committee, so we’re not going to be able to help you with this question. But thanks for checking in.”

Our letter is below:

Good afternoon and happy new year,

I have an inquiry I’m hoping you can help me with. Per §430.40(c) of the Guide to Judiciary Policy (p. 20), it is the responsibility of the Committee on Financial Disclosure to “[r]espond to inquiries regarding financial disclosure matters from […] the public.”

It has been more than nine months since the first ProPublica report on Justice Thomas’ undisclosed free trips and gifts, and nearly nine months since a referral was made to the Committee. And yet, despite my earlier inquiries, and despite those by others, I still have not been able to receive an answer this question:

Has the Committee on Financial Disclosure met to discuss the Justice Thomas referral?

For now, I’m not asking when or where, nor am I asking what was discussed if meeting(s) were held. I’m also not asking about the Justice Jackson referral that may be in process, since that one is fairly new.

I look forward to hearing from you at your earliest convenience on this matter.

Thank you,
Gabe Roth
Fix the Court

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