Politico unleashed a legal earthquake this week when it reported that five of the Supreme Court’s nine justices are ready to overturn Roe v. Wade.
That’s according to a leaked draft opinion the website managed to somehow obtain. In response, Chief Justice John Roberts has made clear he is ready to strike back at whoever made the document public, Breitbart reports.
Roberts wants answers
Breitbart writer Ken Klukowski noted on Tuesday that Roberts has issued a press release in which he condemned the leak as being “egregious.”
“To the extent this betrayal of the confidences of the Court was intended to undermine the integrity of our operations, it will not succeed,” the chief justice declared.
The work of the Court will not be affected in any way,” Roberts continued, adding, “This was a singular and egregious breach of that trust that is an affront to the Court and the community of public servants who work here.”
He concluding by saying that he has “directed the Marshal of the Court to launch an investigation into the source of the leak.”
Many conservatives have demanded that the individual responsible for leaking the draft should face criminal prosecution, arguing the move was aimed at stirring up violence and controversy to intimidate the justices.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) issued a statement of his own calling for the Department of Justice to take action.
“By every indication, this was yet another escalation in the radical left’s ongoing campaign to bully and intimidate federal judges and substitute mob rule for the rule of law,” the Washington Examiner quoted McConnell as saying.
“The disgraceful statements by President Biden, Speaker Pelosi, and Leader Schumer refuse to defend judicial independence and the rule of law and instead play into this toxic spectacle,” Kentucky Republican said.
“Real leaders should defend the Court’s independence unconditionally,” McConnell concluded, stressing, “This lawless action should be investigated and punished as fully as possible.”
However, the Examiner spoke with several legal experts who said that even if the leaker is found, he or she is unlikely to be criminally charged given that Supreme Court drafts are not classified documents.