President Biden has brushed aside opportunities to condemn the leak of the draft opinion signaling the Supreme Court is prepared to overturn Roe v. Wade, and on Wednesday, his press secretary explicitly refused to weigh in on the unprecedented breach threatening the integrity of the court.
The reporter who posed the question to Jen Psaki during the daily briefing noted that the leak is “welcome by some,” having awakened and mobilized Democratic Party voters and activists while increasing public pressure on the justices before their final vote.
“I don’t think we have a particular view on that other than to say that we certainly note the unprecedented nature of it,” Psaki replied.
Noting she had a conversation the previous day with the president on the topic, the press secretary said the White House’s is focused on “not losing sight from what the content is in the draft and what is at risk here.”
She said many Republicans have wanted to talked about the leak and “not whether they support the protection of a woman’s right to choose, a woman’s right to make decisions with her doctor about her health care.”
Psaki voices support for the leak of the Supreme Court opinion on abortion: “I don’t think we have a particular view on that other than to say…we certainly note the unprecedented nature of it…Our focus is on not losing sight from…the content…and what is at risk[.]” pic.twitter.com/K42YQXzn92
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) May 4, 2022
On Tuesday, in his first opportunity to comment on the breaking news, Biden was asked if the leak of a draft Supreme Court opinion authored by Justice Samuel Alito has “irrevocably changed the court.”
The president’s answer seemed to justify the leak.
“Well, you know, if, if this decision holds, it’s really quite a radical decision,” Biden replied.
See Biden’s remarks Tuesday:
REPORTER: Should the Senate do away with the filibuster to codify Roe?
BIDEN: I’m not prepared to make those judgments now, but, you know, I think the codification of Roe makes a lot of sense.pic.twitter.com/2Jtn0LOPyI
— JM Rieger (@RiegerReport) May 3, 2022
Former President Obama, in a joint statement with his wife, Michelle, also did not condemn the leak.
Op: Like Biden, Obama did not criticize the unprecedented leak that threatens the Supreme Court as an institution, while allied voices call for packing it. https://t.co/xfL8ovORYy
— J Michael Waller (@JMichaelWaller) May 4, 2022
On Wednesday, in the Roosevelt Room at the White House, Biden said the Republican efforts to overturn Roe is “about a lot more than abortion,” charging the “MAGA crowd” is “the most extreme political organization that’s existed in recent American history.”
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