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Senate Investigation “Casts Fresh Doubt” About the Validity of Harlan Crow’s Yacht Tax Deductions

The inquiry is part of the ongoing congressional investigations of Justice Clarence Thomas’ gifts from billionaires. (Click image for article.)

Photos: Harlan Crow, left, and Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. Credit:Photo illustration by ProPublica. Source images: Chris Goodney/Bloomberg/Getty Images, M.Y. Michaela Rose brochure provided by law firm Locke Lord, Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images.

A key congressional committee is pressuring billionaire Harlan Crow for answers after investigators turned up additional evidence that he misrepresented his yacht as a business to score a tax break.

The inquiry is part of the ongoing congressional investigations of Justice Clarence Thomas’ gifts from billionaires. Crow was perhaps Thomas’ greatest patron, often hosting the justice on his private jet and his 162-foot yacht, the Michaela Rose.

ProPublica reported last July that Crow had taken millions in questionable tax deductions related to his yacht. In a letter Monday, Senate Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden, D-Ore. asked Crow to justify those deductions, especially in light of new information turned up by his committee.

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