John Roberts Shouldn’t Last In His Job Past The Spring Of 2025
Sadly, he has America over a barrel until then – because any removal, by impeachment preferably, would only yield a worse result at the hands of Joe Biden or his successor prior to the 2024 elections. A Donald Trump or Ron DeSantis inaugurated in January of 2025 would make for far different circumstances.
But John Roberts is hell-bent on allowing an unprecedented and dangerous breach of Supreme Court custom without notable consequences, and it will now almost assuredly become a new custom that controversial majority opinions will be leaked before publication so that activists and instigators can embark on illegal campaigns to intimidate or otherwise influence the justices to change their opinions and thus alter the state of the law.
Since then? Silence.
The Supreme Court won’t say whether it’s still investigating.
The court also won’t say whether the leaker has been identified or whether anyone has been disciplined.
Or whether an outside law firm or the FBI has been called in.
Or whether the court will ever offer an accounting of what transpired.
Or whether it has taken steps to try to prevent a repeat.
To these and other emailed questions, Supreme Court spokeswoman Patricia McCabe said by email: “The Court has no comment.”
Roberts announced the investigation on May 3, the day after Politico published its explosive leak detailing the draft of Justice Samuel Alito’s opinion. Court Marshal Gail Curley was tapped to lead the investigation.
The story filled the airwaves, news pages and online comment sections. There were calls for impeachment if a justice was involved. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said the leak was a pressure campaign to “sway” the outcome and he suggested the “lawless action should be investigated and punished to the fullest extent possible.”
The AP article goes on to reassure us that nothing much happened as a result of the breach, in that the Dobbs opinion went final without substantive changes. It quotes a leftist activist as saying the marshals have better things to do than investigate who the leaker was. As if it would be difficult to ascertain his or her identity.
But of course a California leftist loon was arrested for trying to assassinate Brett Kavanaugh, and Kavanaugh was harassed at restaurants by mobs of pro-abortion hooligans. Other justices had death threats made against them. Illegal protests on their lawns were held.
These things all happened because of the leak. It made public what should have been the private deliberations of the justices. And John Roberts is in charge of the Supreme Court, which means the breach of custom happened on his watch.
It’s his duty to get to the bottom of it, account to the public for what happened, and punish those responsible. If nothing else, the culprit must be named and fired from working at the Supreme Court; assuming it’s a law clerk for one of the left-wing justices, the most reasonable assumption of all, such a firing wouldn’t be a career-killer at all, as the leaker would quickly attain hero status on the Left.
That’s something John Roberts can’t do anything about. It’s not his job to destroy the leaker. He can file whatever charges are available, and then watch the Biden Justice Department ignore them – after all, they’re too busy arresting grandmothers for touring the Capitol under the invitation of the Capitol Police on Jan. 6, 2021 and prosecuting Trump advisors for citing executive privilege rather than cooperate with the sham kangaroo court Nancy Pelosi and Bennie Thompson are running.
But Roberts can at least name and shame the leaker and make sure he or she isn’t allowed in the building anymore.
That he can’t even do that strengthens the case for John Roberts being compromised somehow, as many Americans have believed for some time.
The Roberts court has actually been a net positive for America, but that is wholly despite John Roberts. The American revival depends on a man or woman of principle as the Supreme Court’s chief justice, and he continues to show he is no such man. Roberts prattles on about the necessity of preserving the Supreme Court as an institution, which is a justification for the politics he plays with its rulings – in the Dobbs case he would have upheld the Mississippi abortion statute at issue without overturning Roe v. Wade, for example, which would have been an outrageously inconsistent position for the Court to take. But when the Supreme Court’s legitimacy and independence is directly threatened by a saboteur inside the building Roberts won’t act to defend the institution?
John Roberts may be a necessary evil for the time being, but he is an evil. And as soon as the time comes that he is no longer necessary, he must go – whether by being politely counseled to retire, or by a congressional impeachment.