Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas turned away a CNN reporter while standing inside his garage on Friday, according to a report.
Thomas was spotted the same day the Supreme Court said he was released from the hospital after being diagnosed with an infection.
In an article Friday on the political activities of Clarence Thomas’ wife, Ginni, CNN, said it unsuccessfully tried to obtain comments from the couple.
“Justice Thomas and Ginni Thomas both declined to answer questions from CNN on Friday,” the outlet reported.
“‘No thank you,’ said Justice Thomas, dressed in a blue button-down shirt and standing inside his garage when CNN asked to speak with him. Ginni Thomas walked away without commenting.”
Ginni Thomas has been in the headlines recently due to reports of text messages about the results of the 2020 presidential election she exchanged with former President Donald Trump’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows, in late 2020 and early 2021.
Clarence Thomas, meanwhile, spent most of the past week in the hospital.
Last week, court said Thomas had experienced “flue-like symptoms,” was being treated with antibiotics, and was expected to be released within a “day or two.”
“Justice Clarence Thomas was admitted to Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C., on Friday evening after experiencing flu-like symptoms,” the Supreme Court’s Sunday statement read.
“He underwent tests, was diagnosed with an infection, and is being treated with intravenous antibiotics. His symptoms are abating, he is resting comfortably, and he expects to be released from the hospital in a day or two,” the statement added.
The justice would go on to miss a week of oral arguments.
On Friday, the court said he had been released from the hospital, according to The New York Times.
Thomas, 73, is currently the second-oldest justice on the court, and the longest-serving.
He was sworn into office in 1991 after being nominated by then-President George H.W. Bush.
Thomas is considered by many to the leader of the conservative wing of the court, which holds a 6-3 majority.