Justice Neil Gorsuch said Thursday that the investigation into the leaked Supreme Court draft opinion signaling the reversal of Roe v. Wade is ongoing and that a report on the findings is forthcoming.
“The chief justice appointed an internal committee to oversee the investigation,” Gorsuch said at the 10th Circuit Bench & Bar Conference at the Broadmoor resort in Colorado, according to the Wall Street Journal.
“That committee has been busy, and we’re looking forward to their report, I hope, soon,” Gorsuch added.
Gorsuch did not indicate whether the report will be made available to the public. The Republican-appointed justice did rebuke the leak, implying it was intended to influence the outcome of the summer opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, in which justices voted 6-3 along conservative-liberal ideological lines to allow states to severely limit or restrict abortion access.
“Improper efforts to influence judicial decision-making, from whatever side, are a threat” to the judicial process, Gorsuch said. “They inhibit our capacity to communicate with one another,” reducing the candor between jurists of different persuasions that “improves our final products,” he said. “I very much hope we get to the bottom of this sooner or later.”
Gorsuch, along with several other justices on the high court, has condemned the May leaked draft opinion, as has Chief Justice John Roberts, who called on the Supreme Court marshal that month to begin an investigation into the source of the leak.
Roberts decried the “betrayal” of the leak, saying it was designed to “undermine the integrity” of the court.
In late July, Fox News anchor Shannon Bream reported that the high court’s investigators had “narrowed it down,” referring to the draft leak investigation, but did not mention any names or suspects at the time.