'It is just inexplicable': Former prosecutor explains how Clarence Thomas may have broken the law

'It is just inexplicable': Former prosecutor explains how Clarence Thomas may have broken the law
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 21: Associate Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas speaks at the Heritage Foundation on October 21, 2021 in Washington, DC. Clarence Thomas has now served on the Supreme Court for 30 years. He was nominated by former President George H. W. Bush in 1991 and is the second African-American to serve on the high court, following Justice Thurgood Marshall. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images).

It is "just inexplicable" how Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas thought he was following the rules with his acceptance of hundreds of thousands of dollars in vacations and tuition, and he may have in fact violated a criminal statute, according to a former Mueller prosecutor.

Andrew Weissmann, the former general counsel of the FBI and a previous top prosecutor for Robert Mueller's special counsel office, was a guest on MSNBC's Deadline White House. The host, Nicolle Wallace, said the congressional branch of government looks incapable or disinterested in doing anything about the disclosures, and asked whether a DOJ investigation into the matter would be forthcoming.

"I've covered this, maybe mistakenly, largely as an ethical lapse. But is it also a violation of law?" Wallace asked.

Weissmann responded by suggesting the ethical side is focused on the "disclosure issue," but that there is another "bucket" that's at issue.

"The other bucket is how is Clarence Thomas dealing with this in terms of his taxes?" Weissmann said. "If you pay up to $150,000 and that's given as a gift to Clarence Thomas, it doesn't matter if it's not given directly to him, if it's just given to his benefit and to the school."

He added that, "The criminal issue would be, 'Is this a dependent?'"

"I think it's too early to say this is a criminal violation, but the issue for the department is is there enough there that you should be looking at it," Weissmann said. "Here it is just inexplicable how Clarence Thomas thought he was complying with the rules, and he may have been violating an actual criminal statute."

"Should the department be looking at it?" he asked himself before answering, "Yes."

Watch the video below or at this link.

'it is just inexplicable': former prosecutor explains how Clarence Thomas may have broken the lawyoutu.be

Understand the importance of honest news ?

So do we.

The past year has been the most arduous of our lives. The Covid-19 pandemic continues to be catastrophic not only to our health - mental and physical - but also to the stability of millions of people. For all of us independent news organizations, it’s no exception.

We’ve covered everything thrown at us this past year and will continue to do so with your support. We’ve always understood the importance of calling out corruption, regardless of political affiliation.

We need your support in this difficult time. Every reader contribution, no matter the amount, makes a difference in allowing our newsroom to bring you the stories that matter, at a time when being informed is more important than ever. Invest with us.

Make a one-time contribution to Alternet All Access, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you.

Click to donate by check.

DonateDonate by credit card
Donate by Paypal
{{ post.roar_specific_data.api_data.analytics }}
@2022 - AlterNet Media Inc. All Rights Reserved. - "Poynter" fonts provided by fontsempire.com.