The White House is effectively green-lighting far-left pro-abortion activists who are taking their protests to the homes of conservative Supreme Court justices, Trump administration White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany says.
On Monday, Politico published a leaked draft ruling from the court, authored by Justice Samuel Alito, that would overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that established the so-called constitutional right to abortion.
According to Fox News, the leak has prompted left-wing groups to organize protests outside the homes of the five justices appointed by Republican presidents: Alito, John Roberts, Brett Kavanaugh, Neil Gorsuch, and Amy Coney Barrett.
Pro-abortion activists are also reportedly planning to protest at Catholic churches on Mother’s Day.
And White House press secretary Jen Psaki demurred when asked Friday if President Joe Biden wants protesters to influence the Supreme Court justices’ decision.
“The president believes in peaceful protest. He believes that’s part of our democracy and part of the history of the United States and this country,” she told reporters, according to the New York Post.
“But he also respects and understands the independence of the third branch of government, and — I mean, obviously, the Justice Department — but also the role of the Supreme Court and what they play,” Psaki added “So I wouldn’t say he has a view on that. He believes in peaceful protests, but they’re going to make decisions they make, and we’re not going to prejudge a final opinion.”
Her comments came despite the fact that 18 U.S.C. 1507 lays out what demonstrators are not allowed to do when protesting such matters.
“Whoever, with the intent of interfering with, obstructing, or impeding the administration of justice, or with the intent of influencing any judge, juror, witness, or court officer, in the discharge of his duty, pickets or parades in or near a building housing a court of the United States, or in or near a building or residence occupied or used by such judge, juror, witness, or court officer, or with such intent uses any sound-truck or similar device or resorts to any other demonstration in or near any such building or residence, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both,” the federal law reads.
According to McEnany, now a Fox News host, Psaki green-lit a crime.
“[The left are] green-lighted by the White House. So Jen Psaki got a second bite of the apple. She was asked this again today about the violence and the protests at the Supreme Court justices’ homes,” McEnany said Friday on Fox.
“Here’s what she said during a gaggle. She was asked specifically: ‘Does the president want protesters to influence Supreme Court justices so they uphold Roe?’ Which basically that question verbatim is a crime if you look at U.S. code, to influence a justice by protesting at their home.”
Psaki’s answer left much to be desired, McEnany said.
“Her response was this: ‘I wouldn’t say that the president has a particular view on this.’ Exact same thing she said about the leak: ‘He doesn’t have a particular view on the leak.’ So unprecedented leaks — no view. Protesting at a Supreme Court justice’s home — no view. … [Y]ou can look up the statute, 18 USC 1507,” she added.
“She green-lighted a crime from the podium. She green-lighted a crime in a gaggle today.”
Watch the full Fox segment below: