Chief Justice John Roberts has put Colonel Gail Curley, chief security officer at the Supreme Court, in charge of investigating the leak of a draft opinion on the Mississippi abortion case (Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization) to Politico.
"She's a former Army JAG officer, and by chief security officer, what that means is she's in charge of making sure that the justices are protected, which is very important right now given what's been going on," Hans von Skakovsky of The Heritage Foundation recently told the "Sandy Rios in the Morning" program. "But what that doesn't tell me is how much experience does she actually have in an investigation. How many folks does she have working for her who actually have experience as investigators, not providing security?"
He is concerned that the case was handed over to someone who is ill-equipped to handle it instead of to the FBI or trained investigators.
As for the leak, von Spakovsky finds it "highly likely, highly probable that this was a law clerk for one of the liberal justices."
"I think it was one of the law clerks for whom abortion is almost a religion," he submitted. "It's someone who is almost a zealot about it."
Von Spakovsky went on to insist that as soon as Col. Curley was appointed, "every single law clerk for every single justice" should have immediately been called in, put under oath, and asked whether they leaked the document, because then the guilty person would have risked being prosecuted for lying to a federal agent if they leaked it and lied about it. Also, anyone who pled the fifth and refused to simply say whether they leaked it or not would have immediately become a prime suspect.
That, he reiterated, should have been done immediately.
"I say that as a former justice lawyer," von Spakovsky told the radio program. "So far, we just have not heard if anything like that has happened."