Breyer: Supreme Court leak still appears to be a mystery

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WASHINGTON (AP) – It’s a Washington mystery that no one seems to be able to solve. The Supreme Court apparently still has not found the person who leaked a draft of the court’s major abortion decision earlier this year.

In a televised interview that aired over the weekend, retired Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer said, who left court in June as the judges began their summer vacationsays he has not heard that the person’s identity has been determined.

Breyer, 84, spoke with CNN anchor Chris Wallace. According to a transcript provided by the network, Wallace asked about the leak, which happened in May: “Within 24 hours, the Chief Justice ordered an investigation of the leaker. Have they found him or her?”

“Not that I know of, but … I’m not familiar with it,” Breyer replies. Wallace presses: “So in those months, the chief justice never said, ‘Hey, do we have our man or woman?’

“To my knowledge, no,” replied Breyer again, who, despite his retirement, retains an office at the Supreme Court. The interview will air Sunday on “Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace?”

Other judges have also recently hinted that the identity of the leaker remains unknown to the court. At a conference in Colorado This month, Judge Neil Gorsuch said that identifying the leaker is “terribly important” and he expects a report on the investigation’s progress, “I hope soon.” Justice Elena Kagan also said recently she does not know if the investigation Roberts commissioned has determined the source of the leak.

Breyer, a liberal appointed to the court by President Bill Clinton, also spoke about a number of other issues with Wallace.

He was about Virginia Thomas, a conservative activist and wife of Judge Clarence Thomas, and her involvement in helping former President Donald Trump try to overturn his election defeat. Thomas has faced criticism for texting with White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and contacting lawmakers in Arizona and Wisconsin in the weeks after the election. She recently agreed to participate in a voluntary interview with the House panel investigating the Jan. 6 riot.

“I firmly believe that women who are smart, including wives of Supreme Court Justices, should make decisions for themselves about how to live their lives, career, what kind of career, etc. So with this kind of question, I understand where you are going go, but I’m not going there. … I’m not going to criticize Ginni Thomas, who I like. I’m not going to criticize Clarence, who I like. And there we are,” Breyer said.

Breyer, who saw fellow liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg choose not to retire when President Barack Obama could have named a like-minded replacement, said he would miss being on the court but that it was time to go. Ginsburg died near the end of former President Donald Trump’s term, and he appointed conservative Judge Amy Coney Barret to replace her. Barrett was confirmed just days before the presidential election that ousted Trump from office.

“I’ve been doing this for a long time. Other people should have a chance. The world is changing. And we honestly don’t know what would happen if I just stayed there and stayed there. How long was I going to stay there? . .. I owe loyalty to the court, which means don’t mess things up. Do things in a regular order,” Breyer said.

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