Sen. Dick Durbin speaks to reporters at the U.S. Capitol May 24.

Sen. Dick Durbin speaks on the U.S. Capitol in May. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) introduced his panel is reviewing “severe allegations” in a New York Times report Saturday {that a} 2014 Supreme Court ruling was leaked to a former anti-abortion activist weeks upfront.

The newest: Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.), who chair courts subcommittees, wrote to Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts to ask whether or not any motion had been taken over the alleged 2014 leak and recommended they’d examine if not, Politico first reported Sunday night time.

A screenshot of a Senate Judiciary Committee tweet announcing it's reviewing allegations of a 2014 leak of a Supreme Court decision weeks in advance.
Photo: Senate Judiciary Committee/Twitter
  • “If the Court, as your letter suggests, isn’t keen to undertake fact-finding inquiries into potential ethics violations that leaves Congress as the one discussion board,” they wrote, in reference to earlier correspondence with Roberts about reports {that a} non secular group had allegedly tried to affect justices.

Driving the information: Justice Samuel Alito, who wrote majority opinions in each the 2014 Hobby Lobby contraception and religious-liberty case and the leaked draft opinion of the Supreme Court’s resolution to overturn Roe v. Wade, has mentioned any suggestion that he or his spouse disclosed the 2014 ruling early to anybody was “false.”

  • Former anti-abortion chief Rev. Rob Schenck informed the NYT that Gayle Wright, a donor to the evangelical group he then ran, knowledgeable him of the choice. However, Wright “denied acquiring or passing alongside any such data,” the NYT experiences.

What they’re saying: Whitehouse and Johnson (D-Ga.) joined Durbin in urging fellow Congress members to cross laws requiring a code of ethics for Supreme Court justices, AP reported Sunday night.

  • In an announcement, the lawmakers referred to as the NYT report “one other black mark on the Supreme Court’s more and more marred moral file” and vowed to “unravel these severe allegations,” per AP.

Read Sen. Whitehouse and Rep. Johnson’s letter to Chief Justice Roberts, obtained by Politico, via DocumentCloud:

Editor’s observe: This article has been up to date with particulars of the letter from Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse and Rep. Hank Johnson to Chief Justice John Roberts.

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