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US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas defended himself on Friday over accusations that he accepted years of luxury travel trips from a Republican billionaire, saying that it was “personal hospitality” that did not need to be registered.

Staunch conservative Thomas was a guest of megadonor Harlan Crow for yachting in New Zealand, private jet flights across the globe and regular stays at Mr Crow’s properties in the United States, the ProPublica news outlet reported.

Justice Thomas, 74, the longest-serving justice on the court, went on one trip to Indonesia that would alone have cost US$500,000 (S$660,000), it calculated.


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