- Senator Cruz argued with reporters over the leak of the SCOTUS opinion bill overturning Roe v. Wade.
- The Texas Republican goes on to suggest that the culprit was likely a “left scribe”.
- Chief Justice Roberts earlier this week instructed the marshal to launch an internal investigation into the leak.
Senator Ted Cruz on Friday argued with reporters on Capitol Hill over who leaked the Supreme Court draft opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade, with the Conservative lawmaker claiming that a “left clerk” was to blame.
During the conversation, the Texas Republican relied on previous theories he championed on television earlier this week, where he told Fox Business host Stuart Varney that “some leftist presumably wanted to exert political pressure on the five judges” who made the majority in the far-reaching decision bill that paves the way for a multitude of states to ban abortion.
Cruz said at the time that “if that leftist lawyer can” convince any of the justices to change their final vote – which isn’t expected until the summer – then it would be “the most grotesque politicization of the Supreme Court in our nation’s history. “
Despite Cruz’s inability to verify the identity of the culprit, he continued to claim that he was a liberal individual.
Discussion of the matter continued on Friday, where Cruz stated that the intent of the leak was clear.
“Senator, why do you think you know it was a Liberal official who leaked this? Do you have information that suggests that?” a reporter asked Cruz, that was captured on video.
He replied, “Because I’m not an idiot. Because I live on planet Earth… because this is obviously an attempt by someone who is unhappy with the direction the court is taking, to put political pressure on judges to change their ways. That’s the only reason this ever leaked, and you know it. Come on, you’re a reporter in Washington, DC.”
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The reporter then suggested that one of the judges may have changed his mind since the draft decision – with a conservative potentially leaking the document because “they supported the original decision” and want to “lock them back”.
“That’s a completely reasonable scenario, isn’t it?” the reporter asked Cruz.
The senator apparently scoffed at such a scenario: “I think it’s ridiculous. But if so, maybe you’ll get a Pulitzer (prize) for it.”
The reporter continued to ask for proof of the culprit’s identity.
“Well, you’re saying you don’t have evidence,” the reporter told Cruz.
“I think it’s obvious what’s going on here. And we’ve all seen leaks quite often in this city, but not in the Supreme Court,” the senator replied.
Cruz went on to say that he wanted to see the leaker “prosecuted” and thought the individual “should be in jail for a long time”.
Chief Justice John Roberts – who earlier this week ordered the Supreme Court marshal to launch an investigation into the leak – said on Thursday the incident was “absolutely appalling”.
Since the draft opinion was published by Politico, the revelation has rocked the country, widening rifts over the issue from congressional Democratic leaders and left-wing organizations wanting to codify Roe into law to 2024 Republican presidential hopefuls and grassroots activists who fought back. to eliminate the procedure for years.