Clarence Thomas has broken his silence toward critics who contend that conflicts of interest have compromised his role as a justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. Thomas was the keynote speaker at a symposium held Saturday night in Charlottesville, Va., by The Federalist Society that included hundreds of law students and professors, Politico reports.
The objectivity of Justice Thomas increasingly has been questioned by liberal groups such as Common Cause as a result of his wife Virginia's tea party involvement and because he attended a meeting of conservative donors conducted by billionaire activists Charles and David Koch in 2008.
Thomas told the group that he and his wife “believe in the same things” and “are focused on defending liberty.”
He fired back at his unspecified critics, stressing that they “seem bent on undermining” the Supreme Court and therefore the ability of Americans to defend their liberties.
Thomas urged those in attendance to “redouble your efforts to learn about our country so that you’re in a position to defend it.”
“You all are going to be, unfortunately, the recipients of the fallout from that – that there’s going to be a day when you need these institutions to be credible and to be fully functioning to protect your liberties,” he added, according to Politico.
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