Is Samuel Alito a Giant Leaker? Top Demos Threaten Investigation After New Leak Allegations. – Mother Jones

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Democrats are the best demanding answers after the new allegations and threatening a congressional investigation else Explosive leak appeared in the Supreme Court New York Times This weekend.

This time, the leak concerns former anti-abortion activist Reverend Rob Schenck’s claims that he was briefed on the 2014 Hobby Lobby decision — in which the high court ruled that even private companies were not required to provide contraception under the Affordable Care Act. — a few weeks before the decision was announced. At the time, Schenk ran Faith and Action, an organization that received funding from the owners of Hobby Lobby. said to Time he used this information to curry favor with wealthy donors. Not only did Schenck know what the decision would be, but potentially more importantly, he knew it would be written by Justice Samuel Alito. Schenck’s not-so-conclusive claims also highlighted intense lobbying by the religious right to influence Supreme Court justices.

“Unless the Court is prepared to conduct fact-finding investigations into possible ethics violations, which, as your letter suggests, leaves Congress as the sole forum,” Sens. Dick Durbin (Ill.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) wrote in a letter to Chief Justice John RobertsReferring to Schneck’s previous communication with Roberts regarding numerous reports of the justices being wined and dined by Schneck’s religious group.

“The first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem,” Whitehouse tweeted Saturday. “Trouble Deepens at SCOTUS.”

The threat of a Supreme Court inquiry, as well as fresh calls for the judiciary to be governed by a code of ethics, follow another leaked opinion in May, this time on the annulment. Roe v. Wade.

It’s not the first time Schenk, who has long renounced his extremist views on abortion, has detailed such lobbying efforts. In an interview with the Interfaith Alliance in June, the reverend spoke to the justices about prayer circles and testified that Alito’s evangelical group held the same phrases he created in his opinion that would repeal abortion rights. “I’m out of breath,” Schenk said. “Alito used phrases we invented like bumper sticker slogans in his Supreme Court decision!”

“I can say with some certainty that without the work we’ve done, I don’t think we could have passed the decision as expressed by Justice Alito,” he said.

But now, the revelation that two potentially leaked Supreme Court decisions hailed as major victories by the right share an author — Samuel Alito — is bringing intense scrutiny to the right-wing justice. (Alito, through a spokesman, denied leaking the Hobby Lobby decision and called the allegation “absolutely false.”) Serious concerns are also being raised about Roberts, who has refused to respond or publicly say he received a letter from Schenck. The Hobby Lobby leak around the time Dobbs’ draft opinion was leaked.

Meanwhile, conservatives are conspicuously silent on the matter Time report, despite breathless demands to hunt down and arrest the Dobbs leaker.