Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said in an exchange with a reporter late Thursday that Supreme Court (SCOTUS) justices would not be in danger over the weekend if the House failed to pass a bill granting them further protections.
The exchange comes less than two days after an attempt was made on Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s life by a man who claimed to be upset over Kavanaugh’s role in potentially overturning Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that mandated abortion on demand in the United States.
The exchange took place at the end of a press conference when a reporter asked Pelosi about a bill that would grant the justices further protections for a week. Pelosi insisted that the safety of SCOTUS clerks and staff was the issue at hand rather than protection for the justices.
an attempted assassination by a *Democrat terrorist* https://t.co/d9adhNgc9M
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) June 9, 2022
“Madam Speaker, how can you say that the justices are protected when there was an attempt on Justice Kavanaugh’s life? You said the justices are protected, but there was an attempt on Justice Kavanaugh’s life?” the reporter asked.
“And he’s protected … The issue is not about the justices; it’s about the staff and the rest,” Pelosi said in response. “The Justices are protected. You saw the Attorney General even double down on that.”