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FIRST ON FOX: On Tuesday, Sen. Ed Markey, D-Massachusetts, was asked if he thought the leak of a draft opinion by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito on overturning Roe v. Wade was “appropriate,” but Markey did not condemn the leak.
Markey dodged a question from Fox News Digital about Alito’s leaked draft opinion in early February, saying Congress shouldn’t “focus on who leaked.”
“I don’t think we should focus on who got leaked. We should focus on what got leaked,” Markey told Fox News Digital. “What’s leaked is a repeal of Roe v. Wade. That’s what people care about.”
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“A lot of Republicans are more concerned about who leaked it than they are about repealing Roe v. Wade, and from my perspective, I think we have a problem of historic magnitude, which is now going to engulf the political process in America for the rest.” . the entirety of 2022,” he added.
Early Tuesday afternoon, Markey participated in a rally In support of Roe v. Wade outside the Supreme Court, which included a banner that read, “Protect Abortion, Expand the Court.” The rally was organized by Demand Justice, a left-wing group that supports expansion of the Supreme Court and confirmation of far-left justices.
Markey took to Twitter Monday night to call for the Supreme Court to be expanded after a POLITICO report sparked a firestorm on both sides of the abortion issue with activists gathering outside the Supreme Court.
“A stolen, illegitimate, far-right Supreme Court majority appears poised to destroy the right to abortion, an essential right that protects the health, safety and liberty of millions of Americans. There is no other recourse. We must expand the court.” Markey tweeted.
Chief Justice John Roberts called the leak a “betrayal of the Court’s confidences” and ordered the Chief Justice to investigate.
“We at the Court are fortunate to have a workforce: permanent employees and legal assistants
equally: intensely loyal to the institution and dedicated to the rule of law,” Roberts said. “Court employees have an exemplary and important tradition of respecting the confidentiality of the judicial process and upholding the trust of the court. This was a singular and egregious violation of that trust which is an affront to the Court and to the community of public servants who work here.”
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“To the extent that this betrayal of the confidences of the Court was intended to undermine the
integrity of our operations, it will not succeed. The work of the Court will not be affected.
no way,” Roberts added.
Roberts’ sentiment was echoed by Republicans in the House and Senate. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, called the leak an “illegal act” and added, “The same political movement that used a leak to advance Judge Breyer’s recall process timeline is trying to use another leak to make the court less secure and less impartial.”
Ronn Blitzer of Fox News contributed to this report.