On Thursday, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) yelled on the House floor as he called for the House to pass a bill that would improve police protection for Supreme Court Justices and their families just one day after a man was arrested after allegedly attempting to assassinate Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
“House Democrats are leaving. Today they want to leave for a long weekend than gave tomorrow back,” McCarthy said. “I spoke to the majority leader [Steny Hoyer (D-MD)] this morning. I told him nobody on this side would object [to] a unanimous consent. He could run that bill to the floor right now and send it to the president so we can protect the Supreme Court.”
“How many times do they have to be threatened? How many people have to be arrested with a gun outside their home? What would have happened had he not called 9-1-1? He didn’t just have a gun. He had zip ties. But somehow you want to leave. This bill could be on the president’s desk right now,” McCarthy added.
The bill McCarthy referenced would have provided the nine justices with security protection similar to the protection provided to members of the legislative and executive branches. The bipartisan bill — sponsored by Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) and Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) —passed the Senate unanimously but was blocked by House Democrats last month.
On Wednesday, Nicholas John Roske was arrested outside Justice Kavanaugh’s home and was charged with “Attempts to kidnap or murder, or threatens to assault, kidnap or murder a United States Judge, to wit: a current Justice of the United States Supreme Court.”
According to FBI special agent Ian Montijo, Roske intended to kill Kavanaugh and then commit suicide.
“Roske then told the detective that he was upset about the leak of a recent Supreme Court draft decision regarding the right to abortion as well as the recent school shooting in Uvalde, Texas,” Montijo wrote in the criminal complaint. “Roske indicated that the Justice that he intended to kill would side with Second Amendment decisions that would loosen gun control laws.”
“Roske stated that he began thinking about how to give his life a purpose and decided that he would kill the Supreme Court Justice after finding the Justice’s Montgomery County address on the Internet. Roske further indicated that he had purchased the Glock pistol and the other items for the purpose of breaking into the Justice’s residence and killing the Justice as well as himself,” Montijo added.
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