SCOTUS leaker a 'butthead,' Sen. Kennedy says after release of report

By Jen Krausz on
 January 21, 2023

Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) said on Fox News that he was disappointed that a report by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts that failed to identify the leaker of a draft opinion that overturned Roe v. Wade.

“What is the American public supposed to believe when stuff can leak out of the U.S. Supreme Court?” Faulkner Focus host Harris Faulkner asked.

“Well, here’s my message to the leaker: Congratulations, butthead,” Kennedy replied. “You almost got a member of the United States Supreme Court killed and his family. What a narcissist. You obviously think your personal politics are more important than the sanctity of the United States Supreme Court.”

“I don’t mean any disrespect to the chief justice,” he continued. “I was disappointed in his report. I think this is the chief justice’s way of saying we’re not going to find out who the leaker is. And if we do — no, we’re not going to tell you. We will move on. I think that’s a mistake.”

There has never been any leaked opinion from the Supreme Court before, and Roberts initially seemed adamant about the need to know where the leak had come from.

Now, however, he seems to have resigned himself to not knowing -- maybe until the next time.