“I still can’t get over the collection of Nazi memorabilia,” the Washingtonian quoted an anonymous source as saying, regarding a visit to Harlan Crow’s Texas home.
Crow, the source said, also had paintings “done by George W Bush next to a Norman Rockwell next to one by Hitler”.
A painting of Thomas and Crow smoking cigars in company including the rightwing activist Leonard Leo was included in an explosive report by ProPublica, detailing Crow’s lavish gifts to Thomas over more than 25 years.
In a rare statement, Thomas said he had been advised such “personal hospitality” did not have to be declared under federal rules.
He added: “I have endeavoured to follow that counsel throughout my tenure and have always sought to comply with the disclosure guidelines.”.
Crow denied discussing or seeking to influence the court through his friendship with Thomas and his wife, the far-right activist Ginni Thomas.
The megadonor and his wife were “such hospitable Texas hosts”, according to the Washingtonian’s source. »