(The Hill) – Republicans spoke out Monday night in response to the leak of a Supreme Court draft ruling that would overturn Roe v. Wade.
Politico published what it said was a draft majority decision, authored by conservative Justice Samuel Alito, that would end federal abortion rights, returning to the state level the legality of the procedure.
While Democrats denounced the substance of the draft ruling, GOP leaders condemned the leak itself, with some saying it was evidence of hostility toward conservative views.
“The left continues its assault on the Supreme Court with an unprecedented breach of confidentiality, clearly meant to intimidate,” wrote Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley (R). “The Justices mustn’t give in to this attempt to corrupt the process. Stay strong.”
It was unclear who provided the document to Politico, which pointed out that an official ruling isn’t expected for weeks.
“It was always their plan. The justices cannot be swayed by this attack,” Scott added.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said, “The next time you hear the far left preaching about how they are fighting to preserve our Republic’s institutions & norms remember how they leaked a Supreme Court opinion in an attempt to intimidate the justices on abortion.”
Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) pointed out, however, that there is “No way to verify if it is accurate and, if it is, who leaked it or why.”
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Lawmakers including Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) urged a probe into the source of the leak.
“The Supreme Court & the DOJ must get to the bottom of this leak immediately using every investigative tool necessary,” Cotton wrote.
“The Court should not abide this coordinated assault by the Left. Issue the decision now,” urged Hawley.
In a statement from the Supreme Court of the United States, the court said the document is authentic but “does not represent a decision by the Court or the final position of any member on the issues in the case.”
“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 work of the Court will not be affected in any way.
We at the Court are blessed to have a workforce – permanent employees and law clerks alike – intensely loyal to the institution and dedicated to the rule of law. Court employees have an exemplary and important tradition of respecting the confidentiality of the judicial process and upholding the trust of the Court. 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.
I have directed the Marshal of the Court to launch an investigation into the source of the leak.”Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr.