Washington, United States
Embattled US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas reported a fresh series of free trips from a Texas billionaire Thursday amid rising criticism of the court over benefits coming from private donors.
Thomas, who previously had not reported lavish vacations paid for by real estate tycoon and Republican donor Harlan Crow, said he took free flights on Crow's private jet last year for security reasons after the leak of the high court's controversial decision to overrule abortion rights.
"Because of the increased security risk following the Dobbs opinion leak, the May flights were by private plane for official travel as filer's (Thomas's) security detail recommended noncommercial travel whenever possible," he wrote in the filing.
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