FACT CHECK: Did chief justice scream at colleagues about Texas election case?

U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts (official photo)

A claim repeated by a Texas elector that Chief Justice John Roberts was heard from an adjacent room at the Supreme Court building screaming at colleagues for considering the Texas election-fraud case has a fundamental flaw.

The justices have been meeting remotely for the past two months during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Nevertheless, video of Texas elector and State Republican Executive Committee official Matt Patrick making the claim Monday at the Texas State House has gone viral on social media.

“This is an absurd fantasy,” said Ed Whelan, the president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, of Patrick’s claim.

“For starters, the Justices haven’t been having in-person conferences,” tweeted Whelan, a former clerk for the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

The Supreme Court posted a statement on its website Oct. 9 that said: “The Court will hear all oral arguments scheduled for the November and December sessions by telephone conference. In keeping with public health guidance in response to COVID-19, the Justices and counsel will all participate remotely. The oral arguments are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. On days when more than one case will be heard, there will be a three minute pause before the second case begins.”

Later Friday, a Supreme Court public information officer said the justices have been conducting conferences by phone since March.

With C-SPAN cameras rolling during the Electoral College vote on Monday, Patrick cited a “report” he read “online” from a “current staffer for one of the Supreme Court justices.”

The report said the nine justices went into a closed room to discuss cases, and when the Texas case was brought up, the staffer said, in Patrick’s words, he “heard screaming through the walls as Justice Roberts and the other liberal justices were insisting that this case not be taken up.”

Patrick said Roberts reacted to Justices Alito and Thomas bringing up the Bush v. Gore 2000 election case, yelling “I don’t give a *** about that case, arguing “at that time, we didn’t have riots.”

Texas elector Matt Patrick during the Electoral College vote in Texas Dec. 14, 2020 (Video screenshot)

“So what he was saying was that he was afraid of what would happen if they did the right thing,” Patrick said. “And I’m sorry, but that is moral cowardice.”

He said the charge of the Supreme Court is to be “our final line of defense for right and wrong, and they did not do their duty.”

The “online” report Patrick cited apparently was a Dec. 12 article published on the website of the “Hal Turner Radio Show” titled “Loud Arguments in US Supreme Court Chambers over Texas Lawsuit – COURT INTIMIDATED,” based on a “source deep inside the US Supreme Court.”

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This article was originally published by the WND News Center.

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