The former evangelical activist says he knew about the 2014 Supreme Court decision before it was handed down
The former evangelical activist said in a letter to the Chief Justice of the United States that he was aware of the outcome of the trial. 2014 A Supreme Court ruling on contraception and the Affordable Care Act is pending before an official announcement, reports The. The New York Times.
Rev. Rob Schenck wrote in a letter to Chief Justice John Roberts this summer, first obtained by the Times, that he was informed by wealthy political donor Gail Wright before the verdict.
according to letter written in June of this year, but Wright, who was sent until next month, had dinner with Justice Samuel Alito and his wife to discuss the decision at the time.
“He said he could find out the state of things in the conversation over the table, something he knew I’d be interested in finding out about.” I received a message from him that he received the information during that visit. We talked on the phone, and he went into detail about the discovery,” Schenck wrote, according to the Times.
A source close to Schenck confirmed the letter to CNN.
“Mr. Schenck confirms the extensive details and facts surrounding these events.” This was reported by a CNN source.
Schenk said in a statement sent to CNN on Saturday that he was motivated to “tell the truth that should be at the heart of Christian faith and practice.”
“My behind-the-scenes role at the Supreme Court and the role of my cohorts is tied to my goal going forward,” he said. “I think it’s time for the court, all of government and society to examine what we mean by ethics, fairness and accountability. However, it is even more important for those of us who call ourselves Christians to do so.”
The case is related to the 2014 verdict Burwell v. Hobby Lobby. The 5-4 court ruled that closely held corporations like Hobby Lobby could not be required to pay insurance premiums under the Affordable Care Act for certain types of contraception without violating a federal law designed to protect religious freedom. This opinion was authored by Alito.
In a Supreme Court statement to CNN on Saturday, Alito called the allegations about the evening’s conversation “completely false.”
“My wife and I met the Wrights several years ago through the Supreme Court’s strong support for the Historical Society, and since then we have had a casual and purely social relationship. I have never seen the Wrights attempt to obtain classified information or influence anything they did in their official or private capacity, and if they had done so, I would have strongly opposed it,” Alito said.
Wright vehemently denied Schenck’s claims in an interview with CNN on Saturday.
“This is all very misrepresented,” he said, adding that Alito never discussed the actual case and never asked about it.
“Things are never discussed, everybody knows that,” he said.
Wright recalled to CNN that she and her husband had eaten at the house with Alitos and that she became ill during dinner and Alito offered to take her home. It was the only time he ate at Justice’s house, but he said he saw him occasionally over the years. He called any allegation that he discussed the outcome of the case “patently untrue.”
A source told CNN on Saturday that they never heard back from the court about Schenck’s letter.
Schenk said in the letter said he shared the information now to help Ro V. The ongoing investigation into the public draft of the opinion dismissing the case against Wade. The Times reported that “Mr. Schenck’s breach report contains gaps,” but a series of emails and conversations suggest he knew the outcome of the case before making a public decision.
“Given that whoever was responsible for the initial leak or recent draft opinion could face a very heavy fine, I thought this precedent should be taken into account,” he wrote.
This year’s draft opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson v. Women’s Health Organization was authored by Alito and appears to have had a five-justice majority to reverse the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. Politico reported on the project in early May, and the leak, which rocked the court, sparked protests across the country. Dobbs’ official decision overturn released at the end of June.
An unprecedented investigation into privacy violations at the nation’s highest court has prompted a sudden request for personal cellphone data from law enforcement officials, but there is currently no transparency about where the items are and the possibility of past leaks could harm the court. for that Public confidence is already at record lows.
Brian Fallon, executive director of the liberal group Demand Justice, called on the Senate Judiciary Committee on Saturday to “investigate the apparent leak.”
“The informant in this report, Rev. “Rob Schenck should be called to testify about both the leaks and years of lobbying that once led to Alito and other Republican justices growing up,” Fallon said.
Committee Chairman Dick Durbin said “the commission is reviewing these serious allegations that once again highlight inexcusable ‘Supreme Court gaps’ in federal judicial ethics rules.” Illinois Democrat Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Connecticut) called for passage of a proposal requiring the Supreme Court to adopt a code of judicial ethics.
“The nation’s highest court cannot be exempt from the code of judicial ethics when wealthy special interests spend millions of dollars in black money to influence judicial decisions,” Durbin said in a statement Saturday.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story misspelled Rob Schenck’s last name.
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