Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is sharing ideas of who he believes may be the source of a leaked draft of a Supreme Court opinion that appears to show it is poised to overturn Roe v. Wade.
During a recent segment of the “Verdict with Ted Cruz” podcast, the Texas senator said, “I think it is very, very likely a law clerk. And it is very, very likely a law clerk for one of the three liberal justices.”
“That means there are 12 human beings who are your likely suspect pool. That’s not a big likely suspect pool. It is likely to be someone who is a hard partisan, and who was willing to burn the place down because he or she was so upset about what happened,” he continued.
Cruz went on to say that he believes the clerk works for Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
When co-host Michael Knowles asked why he believes it is a Sotomayor clerk, Cruz said, “Because she’s the most partisan of the justices. And so she’s the most likely to hire wild-eyed partisans as clerks.”
“I have no evidence of that, I’m just making an inference,” he stipulated.
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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) guesses the most likely person to have leaked the SCOTUS draft opinion on overturning Roe v. Wade is a law clerk for Sonia Sotomayor, who Cruz calls the "most partisan" justice.
He adds: "I have no evidence of that, I’m just making an inference." pic.twitter.com/eYicg4Ao31
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Cruz told Fox News on Tuesday, he was “flabbergasted” when he saw the news of the leak.
“It is truly stunning. In over two centuries of our nation’s history, this has never happened. And this is as corrosive as destructive to the Supreme Court as we’ve ever seen,” he said.
“What it means is that there was some angry, left-wing law clerk who breached the trust to his or her justice, who breached the trust to the Supreme Court, who breached the trust of the American people and took a first draft of an opinion and decided to leak it to everyone.”
The senator suggested, “The reason it was leaked is some left-wing presumably law clerk wanted to put political pressure on the five justices that presumably are in the majority right now.”
“They wanted to put heat and they wanted to invoke politics to try to get them to change their vote. And by the way, if that left-wing law clerk succeeds, it will be the most grotesque politicization of the Supreme Court in the history of our nation,” he continued.
Finally, Cruz said, “You mentioned an FBI investigation. I hope there is a serious one. And I hope whoever is responsible for this not only is fired instantly but is prosecuted and serves real jail time for violating the confidences of the Supreme Court.”
In a statement on Tuesday, the Supreme Court confirmed that the leaked draft was authentic.
However, the statement said that the draft “does not represent a decision by the Court or the final position of any member on the issues in the case.”
Additionally, Chief Justice John Roberts ordered an investigation of the leak and called it a “singular and egregious breach.”
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