Neither the leaker or the journalists who reported on the leaked documents violated a criminal statute.
Former President Donald Trump has called for the arrest of journalists who published a leaked Supreme Court draft decision on abortion rights last spring — despite the fact that their action was completely legal — in yet another attack on press freedom.
The Supreme Court’s draft opinion was leaked in May, just a few weeks before the Court was set to publicize its final decision, and laid out how conservative bloc justices were set to dismantle the abortion rights precedent established in Roe v. Wade half a century ago. Shortly after the leak, the Court opened an internal investigation into the matter, but it announced this week that it couldn’t discern who had leaked the documents.
Trump responded to that admission by suggesting that the Court force the journalists who reported on the leak to reveal their sources by threatening to imprison them if they don’t comply.
“Go to the reporter & ask him/her who it was. If not given the answer, put whoever in jail until the answer is given,” Trump wrote on his Truth Social website on Thursday.
The publisher and editor of the article should also face consequences, Trump said.
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