June 6, 2023
washington dc— Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) issued the following statement in response to a new letter from attorneys representing billionaire Republican activist Harlan Crow.
“It is not surprising that while Mr. Crowe continues to thwart basic questions about gifts to Clarence Thomas and his family, he is reinforcing his bogus legal theories. ‘s latest letter raises more questions than it answers, stating that “charter fees or reimbursements at the rate required by law have been paid to the Crow family association.” , does not provide any additional details that would help clarify these financial arrangements, such as exactly who paid for Judge Thomas’ extravagant travel, or how the payments were made. The number and amount of those payments made. Efforts to examine the real-world tax practices of the ultra-rich and powerful too often end up with assurances that everything is on par with such vague and cautious terms. That’s not enough. That is precisely why the Finance Committee is pursuing this issue as part of a broader review of the gift and inheritance tax practices of the ultra-high net worth. I have already begun productive discussions with the Finance Committee on next steps, including subpoenas, to compel responses to Mr Crow’s questions, and those discussions will continue. “