Former President Trump calls for the jailing of journalists who published a leaked draft opinion showing the Supreme Court was about to overturn Roe v. Wading. Last spring, Politico journalists Josh Gerstein and Alexander Ward published a blockbuster report on a draft opinion written by Judge Samuel Alito that would have overturned the landmark abortion ruling.
On Thursday, the court released a report detailing an investigation into the leak, saying it was unable to identify the source of the leak to Politico. “They’ll never find out, and it’s important that they do,” Trump wrote in a post on his website Truth Social. “Then go to the reporter and ask him who did it. If the answer isn’t given, put everyone in jail until the answer is given. You can add the publisher and publisher to the list.
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In the days following the Politico report, congressional Republicans and conservative media expressed outrage over the leak before the court issued its official ruling on the matter and demanded that the person responsible for the leak be found and punished.
Trump previously suggested that the Supreme Court “go to the reporter” who published the draft memo to try to find the source of the leak. The high court voted to strike down Roe last June with its decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.