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Clarence Thomas Aide Received Payments from Lawyers with Supreme Court Cases

HeadlineJul 13, 2023

Several lawyers who’ve had business before the U.S. Supreme Court used the online payment app Venmo to send money to a top aide to Justice Clarence Thomas. That’s according to The Guardian, which reports the payments to the aide, Rajan Vasisht, appear to have been made in connection to a 2019 Christmas party held by Justice Thomas. Among those making payments was Patrick Strawbridge, who recently successfully argued that affirmative action violated the U.S. Constitution, and Elbert Lin, who played a key role in a case that saw the Supreme Court limit the EPA’s ability to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. Former White House ethics lawyer Richard Painter responded, “There is no excuse for it. … A federal government employee collecting money from lawyers for any reason … I don’t see how that works.”

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