Senator Rand Paul wants the Supreme Court to administer a polygraph test to find out who leaked a draft ruling that would overturn the landmark abortion ruling in Roe vs. Wade.
“I would ask them, under oath and with a polygraph test, did you release this document?” the Kentucky Republican told Fox News on Thursday, “Because it shouldn’t happen. Liberals or conservatives, we don’t want violence, but we also don’t want anyone working on the Supreme Court to be a liar and dishonest.
Various Republican lawmakers and commentators have argued that the leaked opinion is an attempt by the left to intimidate or even provoke violence against the court’s conservative majority.
“It’s not just a breach of decorum that they leaked this Roe decision early. This is really someone who incites and tries to foment violence,” Paul added, also condemning the peaceful protests that have taken place outside the homes of some judges in recent days following the leak.
Justice Clarence Thomas said at a recent event that the Tories themselves ‘had no tantrums’ and ‘would never visit the homes of Supreme Court justices when things were not going well in our meaning”.
Mr. Paul’s position on the eradication of political violence, real and imagined, is somewhat incoherent. Although he was among the Republicans who sentenced the breach of the US Capitol on January 6 by Trump supporters to prevent certification of the 2020 election, he also voted against a congressional investigation in the riots. He also has participated in a “Save America Summit” at one of Donald Trump’s golf resorts hosted by the group that staged the fiery rally that directly preceded the riots.
Last week, the Senate passed a bipartisan bill provide police protection for the families of Supreme Court justices.
On Wednesday, Justice Department and Supreme Court officials met to discuss security following the leak and the protests. The DOJ has authorized US Marshals to provide “24-hour security” to all judges’ homes.
“The rise in violence and unlawful threats of violence directed at those who serve the public is unacceptable and dangerous to our democracy,” Attorney General Merrick Garland said in a statement about the meetings. “I want to be clear: while people vote, argue and debate in a democracy, we must not – we cannot – allow violence or unlawful threats of violence to permeate our national life. The Department of Justice will not tolerate violence or threats of violence against judges or any other public officials at work, home, or any other location. »
Some have argued that it was a violation of federal and local law protest directly in front of Justices’ homes, although the Speech Act contains some ambiguity as to when it is acceptable to protest the judicial process. For example, the Supreme Court upheld the right to demonstrate outside courtrooms.
Others defended the protests.
“There are protests three to four times a week in front of my house,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said earlier this month. “The American way of protesting peacefully is acceptable.”
Although the protests have so far been peaceful, a leaked memo from the Department of Homeland Security suggests that security officials are concerned about an increase in violence against judges, officials, clergy and healthcare providers after the probable end of deer.
The threats are “likely to persist and may increase before and after the release of the official court ruling,” the memo states, Axios reports.
While the Supreme Court deliberates, the court mashal is investigating the source of the leak.