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Clarence Thomas Threatened Resignation Over Salary Gap

The justice believes should be paid more money.

New reporting from ProPublica reveals that a conversation with a GOP lawmaker left speculation that Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas was eyeing resignation because of his salary.

Thomas’ salary woes were due to his growing financial troubles and drowning debt. After repeatedly wanting to remove the ban on justices giving paid speeches, the ban was never lifted – nor was his salary, prompting the justice to begin receiving high-end gifts from friends, like GOP donor Harlan Crow and conservative financier David Sokol. Unlike some of his fellow justices at the time of his appointment in 1991, Thomas still had student loans from law school and public records show high quality of financial strain.

Then, after gaining full guardianship of his 6-year-old grandnephew in 1998, the Thomases sent him to pricey private schools.

Stearns didn’t leave the initial conversation to rest. His office worked with lobbying firms in hopes of getting a judicial pay raise, according to the Business Insider. During a recent interview, the GOP lawmaker said he understood where the justice was coming from. “His importance as a conservative was paramount,” Stearns said. “We wanted to make sure he felt comfortable in his job, and he was being paid properly.”

Source: Black Enterprise

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