McConnell calls on DOJ to investigate protesters for intimidating judges after SCOTUS opinion leak

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First on Fox: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., on Wednesday called on the Justice Department to investigate protesters who have been intimidating U.S. Supreme Court Justices after a draft opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade was published. 

“The past week has witnessed the spectacle of coordinated intimidation against Supreme Court Justices,” McConnell wrote in a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland. “Following the unprecedented leak of a draft opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, agitators have descended on the homes of Supreme Court Justices in an overt attempt to change course of that pending litigation.” 

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks to reporters ahead of a procedural vote on Wednesday to essentially codify Roe v. Wade, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, May 10, 2022. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

McConnell said the protests violated federal law, namely Section 1507 of the Criminal Conduct Code, which makes it a crime to “picket or parade …  with the intent of influencing a judge … in the discharge of his duty … in or near a building or residence occupied or used by such judge.” 

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