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 January 21, 2023

Kennedy refers to the SCOTUS leaker as a 'butthead' and expresses disappointment with the chief justice report

Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) slammed Chief Justice John Roberts of the Supreme Court for his report, which failed to name the source of a draft opinion of the Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization ruling last year, during an interview on FNC's "The Faulkner Focus" on Friday.

The Republican legislator from Louisiana also blasted the leaker, calling him a "narcissist" who was almost to blame for the demise of a Supreme Court Justice and his family, according to a report by Breitbart News.

“What is the American public supposed to believe when stuff can leak out of the U.S. Supreme Court?” host Harris Faulkner asked.

“Well, here’s my message to the leaker: Congratulations, butthead,” Kennedy replied. “You almost got a member of the United States Supreme Court killed and his family.

"What a narcissist. You obviously think your personal politics are more important than the sanctity of the United States Supreme Court.”

“I don’t mean any disrespect to the chief justice,” he continued. “I was disappointed in his report. I think this is the chief justice’s way of saying we’re not going to find out who the leaker is. And if we do — no, we’re not going to tell you. We will move on.

"I think that’s a mistake.”

The lack of ability to name the leaker of the draft made headlines nationwide just days ago. According to a report by NPR, the court made its announcement on Thursday, saying that it had been unable to identify the individual or persons responsible for the historic leak of the draft Roe v. Wade judgment to Politico in May.

The inquiry, directed by Chief Justice John Roberts to find the leaker, lasted eight months and was led by Court Marshal Gail Curley and a team of detectives.

The report outlines the investigation's numerous procedures, including interviewing 97 court officials, following up with some of them in-depth, engaging forensic specialists to determine who saw the draft, who printed it out, and who sent it, and more.

Each and every member of staff who had access to the draft opinion filed sworn affidavits stating that they did not release it or were aware of anyone who did. A few people did claim that they had informed their wives of the decision and the vote in the case.

However, as the report states, "At this point, under a preponderance of the evidence standard, it is not feasible to ascertain the identity of any person who may have given the document or how the draft opinion got up with Politico."

Written By:
Charlotte Tyler

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