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Breyer: Supreme Court leaker still appears to be a mystery

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s a Washington mystery that no one seems to be able to unravel. The Supreme Court apparently still hasn’t found the person who leaked a draft of the court’s key abortion decision earlier this year.

In a televised interview that aired this weekend, retired Supreme Court justice Stephen Breyer, who left the court in June as the judges began their summer break, said.says he has not heard that the person’s identity has been established.

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

“Not as far as I know, but… I’m not familiar with it,” Breyer responds. Wallace insists, “So in those months after that, the chief justice never said, ‘Hey, do we have our husband or wife?'”

“As far as I know, no,” replied Breyer again, who has a Supreme Court office despite his retirement. The interview airs Sunday on “Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace?”

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Other judges have also recently suggested that the leaker’s identity remains unknown to the court. At a conference in Colorado this month, Judge Neil Gorsuch said it is “terribly important” to identify the leaker and he expects a report on the progress of the investigation: “Hopefully soon.” Justice Elena Kagan also recently said: she doesn’t know if the investigation Roberts ordered determined the cause of the leak.

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

It was about Virginia Thomas, a conservative activist and the wife of Judge Clarence Thomas, and her involvement in helping former President Donald Trump reverse his election defeat. Thomas has been criticized for texting White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and contacting lawmakers in Arizona and Wisconsin in the weeks following the election. She recently agreed to participate in a voluntary interview with the House panel investigating the January 6 uprising.

“I strongly believe that women who are wise, including wives of Supreme Court justices, should make the decisions about how to lead their lives, careers, what kind of careers, etc. for themselves. So as far as things like this go, I understand where you want to 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 that I like. And there we are,” said Breyer.

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Watching his liberal colleague Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg choose not to retire when President Barack Obama was able to name a like-minded replacement, Breyer said he would miss his court appearance but it was time to leave. . Ginsburg passed away towards the end of former President Donald Trump’s term, and he named conservative judge Amy Comey 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 be given a chance. The world will change. And we honestly don’t know what would happen if I stayed there and stayed there. How long should I stay there? …I owe loyalty to the court, which means don’t screw things up. Do things in a normal order,” Breyer said.

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