Former pro-life activist claims Justice Alito leaked a 2014 Supreme Court opinion

Politico caused an uproar earlier this year when it published a leaked opinion showing that the Supreme Court was set to overturn Roe v. Wade.

While the leak has been described as unprecedented, a former pro-life activist says that isn’t true. According to The New York Times, Rev. Rob Schenck claims to have been provided with a leaked decision in 2014.

Finger pointed at Alito

On Saturday, the Times published a letter Schenck sent this past summer to Chief Justice John Roberts in which he described being given a heads-up about the outcome in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. weeks before the decision became public.

“Considering there may be a severe penalty to be paid by whoever is responsible for the initial leak of the recent draft opinion, I thought this previous incident might bear some consideration by you and others involved in the process,” Schenck wrote in his letter to Roberts.

He asserts that the information came to him via Gayle Wright, who was a donor to the evangelical nonprofit organization Schenck once led.

“No emails”

Schenck explained that Wright reached out to him after she and her husband ate dinner with Justice Samuel Alito in June of 2014.

“Rob, if you want some interesting news please call. No emails,” Write was quoted as saying in an email Schenck provided to the Times.

“She suggested that in their table conversation, she might be able to learn the status of the case, something she knew had an interest in knowing,” Schenck recalled.

“I received a follow-up message from her notifying me she had indeed obtained the information during that visit,” he continued.

Alito “shocked and offended” by leaking allegation

Alito authored the majority decision in the Hobby Lobby decision, holding that the Affordable Care Act could not compel businesses to cover certain types of contraception under their employee insurance plans.

Meanwhile, Alito told NBC News that any suggestion he leaked the outcome of a case was “completely false,” adding that he was “shocked and offended” the allegation

“I never detected any effort on the part of the Wrights to obtain confidential information or influence anything that I did in either an official or private capacity and I would have strongly objected if they had done so,” Alito said in a statement to NBC.