May 3, 2022 - Politics & Policy

McConnell calls SCOTUS leak "an attack" on court independence

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., conducts a news conference.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., conducts a news conference after the senate luncheons in the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, April 26, 2022. (Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) called the leaked draft Supreme Court opinion on Roe v. Wade "an attack on the independence of the Supreme Court."

Driving the news: "By every indication, this was yet another escalation in the radical left’s ongoing campaign to bully and intimidate federal judges and substitute mob rule for the rule of law," McConnell said.

  • Late Monday night, Politico posted a story reporting that the court has voted to overturn Roe v. Wade — and published a leaked draft of that majority opinion, written by Samuel Alito.

What he's saying: “The disgraceful statements by President Biden, Speaker Pelosi, and Leader Schumer refuse to defend judicial independence and the rule of law and instead play into this toxic spectacle. Real leaders should defend the Court’s independence unconditionally.

  • “This lawless action should be investigated and punished as fully as possible. The Chief Justice must get to the bottom of it and the Department of Justice must pursue criminal charges if applicable.
  • “All nine Justices should tune out the bad-faith noise and feel totally free to do their jobs, following the facts and the law where they lead.”

Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel called the leak "extremely alarming" in a statement that echoed McConnell's tone, adding that "the Court deserves to deliberate without intimidation."

  • "Democrats are showing once again how extreme they really are on abortion, pushing taxpayer-funded, on demand, and unlimited abortion up until the moment of birth and after," she said.
  • "The far-left wants unelected judges to impose a radical, one-size-fits-all abortion policy, leaving Americans without a voice."
  • She said the GOP "will always stand for the sanctity of life, speak up for the unborn, and protect vulnerable mothers.”

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