MAGA Pundits Target Random Supreme Court Clerks After Roe v. Wade Draft Opinion Leak

The leaked bombshell opinion exhibiting that the Supreme Court has voted to overturn Roe v. Wade has despatched conservative pundits scrambling to search out who handed the doc to Politico. Rather than discover proof of who’s behind the breach, the pro-Trump personalities have as a substitute whipped up online mobs towards random Supreme Court clerks based mostly on tortured connections to the authors of the article.

On Tuesday, right-wing character Will Chamberlain tweeted that he thought “I’ve discovered the Supreme Court leaker.” Chamberlain then launched a thread naming a clerk for Justice Stephen Breyer as his prime suspect.

“I might simply be flawed,” Chamberlain admitted in a single tweet, however then went forward with the remainder of the thread incomes greater than 8,000 retweets as of Wednesday afternoon.

“In my humble opinion, she’s the most certainly particular person to have leaked the draft Supreme Court opinion,” Chamberlain wrote.

Chamberlain’s suspicions relaxation on the thinnest of connections. The clerk has written legal arguments for abortion rights, which wouldn’t be shocking for a lawyer who went on to clerk for a liberal justice. The clerk is married to a former Politico reporter who co-wrote an article 5 years in the past with Josh Gerstein, the Politico reporter who broke the news of the abortion opinion.

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Despite Chamberlain’s lack of precise proof the clerk had leaked the opinion to Gerstein, his fellow conservative web personalities went wild with the allegations. Former Trump performing intelligence chief Richard Grenell praised Chamberlain’s hypothesis as “journalism.” MAGA determine Dinesh D’Souza tweeted to his greater than two million followers that Chamberlain’s allegations have been “fascinating.” Amy Kremer, a conservative activist who organized the Jan. 6 rally by the White House that preceded the Capitol riot, echoed Chamberlain’s claims towards the clerk.

“That Supreme Court Leaker?” Newsmax host Greg Kelly tweeted. “Looks like Will Chamberlain figured it out!”

The conservative witchhunt to accuse random individuals of being behind the leak recollects earlier pro-Trump online mobs. In 2020, Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani and newbie MAGA sleuths online falsely alleged {that a} Georgia elections employee had dedicated crimes to steal the election for Biden. The accusations prompted a wave of demise threats towards the employee. In 2016, Trump supporters terrorized a Washington pizzeria, satisfied of the “Pizzagate” conspiracy principle that held that Hillary Clinton sexually abused youngsters within the restaurant’s basement. That conspiracy principle was promoted by right-wing determine Jack Posobiec, a frequent Chamberlain collaborator.

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It’s not clear {that a} clerk was the one who gave Gerstein the opinion, or that the leak got here from a liberal. The would-be leak hunters can’t even agree which clerk they suppose was behind the opinion’s publication. Elsewhere on the conservative web, one other group has fixated on a clerk for Justice Sonia Sotomayor. On Monday, Republican strategist Matt Wolking posted a viral Twitter thread naming the clerk and accusing the Sotomayor clerk of leaking the opinion. Wolking’s proof consisted primarily of the truth that the clerk had, years earlier, been quoted in a Gerstein article whereas nonetheless in legislation college.

Chamberlain and Wolking didn’t reply to requests for remark.

At least one would-be leak hunter blamed future Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson and her clerks of leaking the opinion — nevermind that she hasn’t been sworn in.

Newsmax host Grant Stinchfield stated Jackson would “be my first suspect,” and demanded to know whether or not her legislation clerks might have leaked the choice.

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“I discover it suspect that the primary leak popping out of the Supreme Court in historical past comes shortly after Judge Jackson is confirmed,” Stinchfield stated. “I wish to know if her legislation clerks, who I’m positive have already got been employed, probably even working on the excessive courtroom already earlier than her swearing-in, have entry to those selections.”

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