Ex-Conservative Reverend Testifies That Samuel Alito Leaked Outcome Of 2014 Decision

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Ex-Conservative Reverend Testifies That Samuel Alito Leaked Outcome Of 2014 Decision
Paul Blumenthal
Thu, December 8, 2022 at 7:23 PM·6 min read

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Rev. Rob Schenck, the former head of the conservative evangelical group Faith & Action, affirmed under oath on Thursday that he learned the outcome of the 2014 Hobby Lobby decision ahead of time from one of his “stealth missionaries” to the Supreme Court, after she’d had dinner with Justice Samuel Alito and his wife.

“Yes,” Schenck said when asked whether a supporter of Faith & Action told him that she learned the outcome of Alito’s Hobby Lobby v. Burwell decision after having dinner with him.

Schenck’s affirmation came during a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee examining Operation Higher Court, a pressure campaign that Schenck waged targeting conservative justices, and the Supreme Court’s lack of a binding ethics code to police conflicts of interest and judicial recusals.

The hearing followed reports by Politico and The New York Times about Schenck’s efforts to pressure conservatives justices to ― as he put it ― “shore up their resolve” to issue “unapologetic opinions” that could lead to the end of national abortion rights by overturning the 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade.

“I called this ‘our ministry of emboldenment,’” Schenck said.

Schenck, formerly a militant opponent of abortion rights who has since distanced himself from the religious right, encouraged his supporters to pray with and befriend justices after gaining access to them through contributions to the Supreme Court Historical Society. One such couple, Donald and Gayle Wright, befriended Justices Alito and Clarence Thomas and the late Antonin Scalia, treating them to dinners, vacations at their residence in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and at least one hunting trip.
 
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Advocate tells lawmakers of ‘stealth’ efforts to influence Supreme Court
The Rev. Robert Schenck, a former antiabortion activist, testified as Democrats and transparency advocates seek ethics overhaul
By Ann E. Marimow and Emma Brown

Updated December 8, 2022 at 3:52 p.m. EST|Published December 8, 2022 at 12:20 p.m. EST


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The Rev. Robert L. Schenck testifies during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill on Dec. 8. (Elizabeth Frantz for The Washington Post)


Evangelical minister Robert L. Schenck recruited wealthy Christian couples to serve as “stealth missionaries” at the Supreme Court for about two decades, forging friendships with conservative justices to “bolster” their views, particularly on abortion, Schenck told the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

“Our overarching goals were to gain insight into the conservative justices’ thinking and to shore up their resolve to render solid, unapologetic opinions,” Schenck said, describing the mission of the influence campaign he dubbed “Operation Higher Court.”
 

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/poli...urt-influence-judiciary-committee/?isMobile=1
Advocate tells lawmakers of ‘stealth’ efforts to influence Supreme Court
The Rev. Robert Schenck, a former antiabortion activist, testified as Democrats and transparency advocates seek ethics overhaul
By Ann E. Marimow and Emma Brown

Updated December 8, 2022 at 3:52 p.m. EST|Published December 8, 2022 at 12:20 p.m. EST


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The Rev. Robert L. Schenck testifies during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill on Dec. 8. (Elizabeth Frantz for The Washington Post)


Evangelical minister Robert L. Schenck recruited wealthy Christian couples to serve as “stealth missionaries” at the Supreme Court for about two decades, forging friendships with conservative justices to “bolster” their views, particularly on abortion, Schenck told the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

“Our overarching goals were to gain insight into the conservative justices’ thinking and to shore up their resolve to render solid, unapologetic opinions,” Schenck said, describing the mission of the influence campaign he dubbed “Operation Higher Court.”
From my vantage point, this is basically hearsay testimony. Liberals aren't exactly innocent in trying to influence / intimidate the court. Remember Senator Schumer talking about Gorsuch, Kavanaugh, etc reaping the whirlwind if they didn't decide the abortion case the way he wanted them to?

Or Obama intimidating Chief Justice Roberts in particular as the PPACA case was being decided?

Or various Senators threatening to pack the court to overcome the conservative majority?
 

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You should read up on the topic...its NOTHING like what your citing

This was a organized campaign of lobbying the SCOTUS which included paying for access privately through paid for dinners & events and paying for access publicly through donations to the Supreme Court Historical Society

And you're comparing that to comments politicians made that were critical of this conservative court?

Paying a money grift to the highest judges in the land for favor is far worse
 

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