Updated: Jun 6
Quid pro quo is a Latin term describing a favor or advantage granted for something in return. George H.W. Bush made the phrase famous in 1989 during the Iran Contra Affair.
Essentially it’s bribery which is the fundamental tenet in how our Nation is governed. While politicians go out of their way to deny they are purchased, why else would they grant special favors to those who contribute heavily to their campaigns? Makes sense to me….if you’re a scoundrel.
Now we know that this dynamic has reached the highest court in the land - the only branch of government where its members aren’t supposed to be bought. Dozens of examples have emerged.
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and his wife Ginny have received millions of dollars over many years in gifts, favors, and cash from Republican donor, Harlan Crow - and then they swept most of the receipts under the rug. Many of Thomas’ rulings helped line the pockets of the multi- billionaire.
In perhaps what may be the most breathless ethics breach of all time, Thomas was the only justice to vote against granting the January 6th committee access to Trump’s White House records.
Why? Because his wife’s communications regarding her efforts to help overturn the results of the 2020 election would likely be among them.