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Justice Clarence Thomas discharged from D.C. hospital

Thomas was admitted last Friday after experiencing flu-like symptoms.

WASHINGTON — Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas was discharged from the hospital Friday, a week after being admitted with flu-like symptoms.

The court said Thomas was discharged from Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington early Friday. He was admitted on the evening of March 18.

Tests showed Thomas, 73, had an infection, and he received intravenous antibiotics. The Supreme Court said Thomas did not have Covid-19; he has received the vaccination and booster shot.

The health and well-being of Supreme Court justices are closely monitored, particularly for justices whose judicial philosophies differ from that of the party that controls the White House. Thomas is one of the most conservative members of the Supreme Court.

He was in the hospital the same week that the Senate Judiciary Committee held confirmation hearings for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, President Joe Biden's nominee to fill the seat of retiring Justice Stephen Breyer.

Thomas has served on the high court since 1991 after being nominated by then-President George H.W. Bush and confirmed by the Senate.

Thomas' wife, Ginni, has come under scrutiny for recently discussing how she attended the rally for then-President Donald Trump at the White House ellipse before a mob of his supporters rioted at the Capitol on Jan. 6.

The House committee investigating the attack on the Capitol is now in possession of text messages in which then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and Ginni Thomas discussed keeping Trump in office, NBC News reported Thursday.