Investigators searching for the Supreme Court leaker have “narrowed it down,” but no names of suspects have emerged publicly almost three months after the reveal of a draft opinion indicating Roe v. Wade would soon be overturned.
Fox News anchor Shannon Bream appeared on air with colleague Jesse Watters to talk about her report Friday revealing that the list of suspects has been shortened, citing knowledgeable unnamed sources, as there is still no word from the Supreme Court on the investigation’s progress.
“Thanks to our amazing producer Bill Mears, [we] have been digging around and found that they have started this group of essentially about 70 or so that would have had access to that document,” Bream said. “They have narrowed it down. They did ask the clerks who were then working at the court. And listen, their one-year contract is basically up mid-July. So most of them have moved on. They did ask them to turn over cellphones and sign affidavits. They asked some of those similar things also of permanent court employees.”
The leak to Politico prompted Chief Justice John Roberts to order an investigation by the marshal of the court. In a statement, the court confirmed the draft that was leaked was “authentic” but stressed it didn’t “represent a decision by the Court.”
Bream reported that there are “no other outside agencies to our knowledge that have been brought in.” She also stressed, “So far, the court has given us no update on what’s gone on.”
Conservative Justice Samuel Alito‘s majority opinion, declaring Roe, a 1973 decision guaranteeing a constitutional right to abortion, was “egregiously wrong from the start,” was released more than a month after the leak, on June 24. According to CNN, the Supreme Court transmitted its decision to the lower courts on Tuesday, paving the way for more state-level abortion restrictions to take effect.
NPR’s Nina Totenberg previously surmised that the leak most likely came from the conservative side of the Supreme Court. “The leading theory is a conservative clerk who was afraid that one of the conservatives might be persuaded by Chief Justice Roberts to join a much more moderate opinion,” Totenberg said during an appearance on ABC’s This Week in May.
Reporting by The Washington Examiner.