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Former AG Bill Barr ‘appalled’ by White House response to Supreme Court doxxing

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Former US Attorney General William Barr has insisted that whoever leaked a Supreme Court draft abortion opinion should be behind bars.

The escape draft opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which was published by Politico last week and later confirmed by Chief Justice John Roberts, revealed that Judge Samuel Alito wrote that Roe v. Wade’s 1973 was to be reversed to “return the abortion issue to the people’s elected officials.” Roberts noted that he does not, however, represent the current or definitive opinion of the court.

Barr called the leak a serious breach of legal process that demands equally serious consequences.

“Well, confidentiality is essential to the functioning of the justice system,” Barr said on “The Guy Benson Show” on Friday. “They have to be able to have, you know, a speech within the court to decide the case and make sure it remains confidential until an opinion is given. And so it was an obstruction of the legal process. It was an interference in the proper administration of justice.

A crowd of people gather outside the Supreme Court, Monday night, May 2, 2022, in Washington following reports of a leaked draft opinion by the court quashing Roe v. Wade.
(AP Photo/Anna Johnson)

“So I think it’s a crime that has been committed. It appears to have been committed,” he continued. “And I think it will ultimately be shown that it was done with the intention of derailing opinion and upsetting the deliberations of the court. And so I think ultimately it is up to the side of the Now, there might be a preliminary review of this thing to see if they can quickly determine who it is and then turn it over to the Department of Justice for prosecution.

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Barr noted that few people could have been behind the leak. And as such, the authorities “should be able to reduce it fairly quickly”.

The bombshell leak has sparked protests at the Supreme Court in recent days, with a progressive group taking their fury even further.

The liberal group “Ruth Sent Us” has released a map containing the supposed home addresses of judges Amy Coney Barrett, John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Brett Kavanaugh, Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch, following the leak. Asked about the doxxing at a recent White House press briefing, White House press secretary Jen Psaki notably did not openly condemn the action, saying that if people’s privacy were to to be “respected”, there was a lot of “passion” and “fear” among Americans after the leak, and that the protests should remain peaceful.

Attorney General William Barr speaks during a press conference, Monday, Dec. 21, 2020, at the Justice Department in Washington.  (Michael Reynolds/Pool via AP)

Attorney General William Barr speaks during a press conference, Monday, Dec. 21, 2020, at the Justice Department in Washington. (Michael Reynolds/Pool via AP)
(Michael Reynolds/Pool via AP)

“Well, I was appalled that they didn’t just condemn that,” Barr said of the Biden administration. “It’s really for me, you know, to allow Supreme Court justices to be doxxed. And as she says, ‘there’s a lot of passion.’ As you say, this was obviously done precisely to intimidate them, and it exposes them to additional threats.”

But Barr said it was becoming a pattern on the left.

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‘The left has been tolerating violence for some time now,’ he said, referring to numerous attacks on Donald Trump supporters throughout past presidential campaigns, as well as the violence that marked the summer 2020. Progressives, he said, did not condemn either.

“It’s getting more and more shameless,” Barr added.

Demonstrators gather outside the Supreme Court to protest abortion rights (Fox News Digital)

Demonstrators gather outside the Supreme Court to protest abortion rights (Fox News Digital)

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Barr and Benson both questioned whether President Biden, who is Catholic, would “draw the line” and condemn the activists if they decided to follow through on their threats to picket Catholic churches on Mother’s Day Sunday, as an apparent attempt to target the religion of some Supreme Court justices.