McConnell calls on DOJ to investigate protesters for bullying judges after SCOTUS opinion leak

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First on Fox: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Wednesday called on the Justice Department to investigate protesters who bullied U.S. Supreme Court justices after the release of a draft opinion that would overthrow Roe v. Wade.

“The past week has witnessed the spectacle of coordinated intimidation against Supreme Court justices,” McConnell wrote in a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland. “Following the unprecedented leak of a draft opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, agitators descended on the Supreme Court justices’ homes in an apparent attempt to change the course of this ongoing litigation.”

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks to reporters before a procedural vote Wednesday to essentially codify Roe v. Wade, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 10, 2022.
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McConnell said the protests violated federal law, namely Criminal Code of Conduct Section 1507, which makes it a crime to “picket or parade…with intent to influence a judge…in the exercise of of office…in or near any building or residence occupied or used by that judge.”

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In the days following the release of the Supreme Court’s draft opinion, protests erupted across the country, outside the Capitol, and even at the justices’ homes.

Protesters at the home of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito.
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Protesters at the home of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito.
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McConnell compared the protesters descending on the homes of Chief Justice and Justice Alito and Kavanaugh to “crowds”, saying their actions “meet the elements of this crime on their face”.

“The Department of Justice should investigate and charge violations of Section 1507, where appropriate,” McConnell said. “There is a solution to the rule of the mob and it is the rule of the law.”

McConnell criticized the White House for not taking the protests more seriously and urged the attorney general to give them the same attention he had “admirably given to other recent episodes of bullying” like the 6 january.

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“Where the mob descends on the US Capitol or Chevy Chase, it’s up to the law enforcement agencies responsible to stop it,” McConnell said. “I suppose you are up to the task.”

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