Conservatives are reacting to a new report by the U.S. Supreme Court stating that it has been unable to identify the individual who leaked a draft opinion to Politico last year.
The report, released by the U.S. Supreme Court Marshal on Thursday, states that an investigative team hasn’t been able to “identify a person responsible by a preponderance of the evidence” who leaked the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization draft opinion.
George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley said on Twitter that the court’s inability to find the leaker is “chilling.”
“The Supreme Court’s report indicates that they cannot isolate the culprit among the over 80 possible suspects for the Dobbs leak. It is an admission that is almost as chilling as the leak itself,” Turley said.
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“It will likely revive concerns over whether the FBI should have been asked to take the lead on the investigation. The Court is only a few blocks from the world’s leading forensic investigatory body. What is clear is that any hope for a deterrent on such unethical conduct has been dramatically reduced. Thus far, the culprit succeeded in not just leaking the opinion but evading detection.”
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said that the leaker must be held accountable.
“It’s deeply troubling that the Dobbs leaker still has not been found. The Supreme Court depends on trust to deliberate and this leak is incredibly damaging to the Court’s ability to function normally,” Cruz tweeted. “The leaker must to be brought to justice!”
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Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., also reacted to the report, saying that someone needs to resign.
“This is inexcusable. And it means brazen attempts like this one to change the Court’s decisions – from within – will become more common. Someone ought to resign for this. The person who did this, whoever it was, put at risk the lives of hundreds of pregnancy care center volunteers, whose centers were attacked and fire bombed, to say nothing of the justices themselves,” Hawley said.
Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., said that the fact that a leaker hasn’t yet been identified is a “colossal failure.”
“How haven’t we been able to identify the Dobbs Leaker? This is either pure incompetence or willful conduct to hide the Leaker. Either way, a colossal failure,” Biggs said.
Rep. Barry Loudermilk, R-Ga., said that Americans deserve answers regarding the leak.
“After 8 months of investigating one of the biggest leaks in American history, the conclusion of the SCOTUS is: they don’t know? The American people deserve answers,” Loudermilk said.
David Marcus, a columnist, asked “Can Congress investigate the Supreme Court leak?”
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Rep. Mike Johnson, R-La., tweeted that the leak will put the court’s future operations at risk.
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“This breaking news is a dangerous & inexcusable development that will jeopardize the future operations of our nation’s highest court. Justice has clearly not been served here & the guilty party remains at large,” Johnson said.
G3 Box News’ Brianna Herlihy and Bradford Betz contributed to this report.