If Clarence Thomas were a Democrat, it’s not too difficult to imagine that this would result in a Congressional inquiry. Combined with the involvement of Virginia Thomas in Liberty Central, there’s just enough smoke here to suspect some sort of ethically-challenged inferno.
Certainly more smoke than William O Douglas was generating in 1970. But then, Republicans have a different set of rules that they get to play by.
UPDATE[SL]: And Fortas was forced to resign for doing indistinguishable things, with substantial historical consequences.