Supreme Court officials are turning the heat up in their investigation into the source that leaked the Roe Draft opinion to Politico. Requests for law clerks to sign affidavits and turn over cell phone records are among the steps taken according to information provided to CNN.
The unprecedented moves created alarm in law clerks, particularly the request for private cell phone data, that they began looking into hiring outside legal counsel.
Chief Justice, John Roberts, met with law clerks after the breach, but as the Insider reported, there is no guarantee a clerk leaked the document.
Supreme Court marshal, Colonel Gail Curley, is heading the investigation. According to the Associated Press, people who know Curley described her as a “military lawyer with the right temperament for a highly charged leak investigation: smart, private, apolitical, and unlikely to be intimidated” according to the Associated Press.
“I’m confident that if the truth can be found out here, she’ll find it out and present it in an unbiased manner,” said retired Army Brig. Gen. Patrick Huston. Huston was Curley’s direct supervisor at the Pentagon before she went to the Supreme Court.
After the draft opinion leak on May 3, Roberts criticized the leak. He called it “a singular and egregious breach of that trust that is an affront to the Court and the community of public servants who work here.”
Bringing the law clerks under the integration spotlight highlights Roberts’ concerns about the confidentiality breach and future leaks.