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White House press secretary Jen Psaki reiterated on Friday that President Biden had no opinion on using the protests to sway Supreme Court opinions.
Speaking to a news group on Friday, Psaki said Biden believed in “peaceful protests” but refrained from endorsing attempts to pressure Supreme Court rulings. Citing his belief in the separation of powers in government, Psaki said the president was reluctant to overstep his position.
“The president believes in peaceful protest. He believes it’s part of our democracy and part of the history of the United States in this country,” Psaki said. “But he also respects and understands the independence of the third branch of government – and obviously the Department of Justice. But also the role of the Supreme Court and what it plays.”
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“So I wouldn’t say he has an opinion on that. He believes in peaceful protests, but they’re going to make whatever decisions they make, and we’re not going to prejudge a final opinion.” she added.
Later, Psaki said it was “our preference” that the final opinion “not resemble the leaked opinion”.
The Supreme Court is set to overturn Roe v. Wade, according to an unprecedented leak of a draft opinion written by Judge Samuel Alito.
The trailing draft obtained by Politics was written in early February. It was not immediately clear whether it had been rewritten or revised. The Court declined to verify or disavow the document. Analysts have suggested the leak may represent an attempt to pressure a Supreme Court justice to change his vote on the crucial case.
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Chief Justice John Roberts has called the leaked draft court opinion void Roe vs. Wade “absolutely appalling” at a conference on Thursday. The judge then dismissed any question that the leak would affect the Supreme Court’s final decision.
“A leak of this magnitude is absolutely appalling,” Roberts said. “If the person behind this thinks it will affect our work, that’s just stupid.”
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