[guest post by Dana]
[Ed. Pressed for time, so it’s a quick post.]
An armed man who said he wanted to kill Justice Brett Kavanaugh was arrested near Kavanaugh’s home this morning:
Police arrested a man early Wednesday morning close to the home of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, with an unsealed arrest affidavit indicating that the man told officials he wanted to kill the justice.
The suspect, identified by officials as California resident Nicholas John Roske, was arrested at 1:50 a.m. on Wednesday morning, a Supreme Court spokesperson said in a statement. Montgomery County police said that the case has been transferred to the FBI.
The arrest affidavit said that the man, who was allegedly holding a briefcase and backpack and was wearing black clothing, had been dropped off by a taxicab in front of Kavanaugh’s home earlier that morning, later walking away from his residence after seeing two Deputy U.S. Marshalls.
Officials found a slew of items from Roske’s backpack and suitcase, including a Glock 17 pistol with two magazines and ammunition, zip ties, a crow bar and pepper spray, among others.
From the affadavit, Roske said “that he was upset about the leak of a recent Supreme Court draft decision regarding the right to abortion as well as the recent school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. Roske indicated he believed the Justice that he intended to kill would side with Second Amendment decisions that would loosen gun control laws”…
NEW: Here's the federal affidavit against the man accused of trying to kill Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
Nicholas Roske allegedly flew from CA to DC. He took a taxi to Kavanaugh's Chevy Chase, Md. home.
Roske was found with a pistol, pepper spray, hammer, screwdriver, crow bar, etc pic.twitter.com/XJd5ZMWwrn
— Kevin Lewis (@KevinLewis7News) June 8, 2022
President Biden condemned the actions of the suspect:
White House deputy press secretary Andrew Bates told Fox News Wednesday that “President Biden condemns the actions of this individual in the strongest terms, and is grateful to law enforcement for quickly taking him into custody.”
“As the President has consistently made clear, public officials—including judges—must be able to do their jobs without concern for their personal safety or that of their families,” Bates said. “And any violence, threats of violence, or attempts to intimidate justices have no place in our society.”
Bates stressed that the president has “said that himself, and his spokespeople have been forceful about this from the podium.”
Mitch McConnell weighed in, and pointed the finger at House Democrats for blocking the unanimously voted-for Senate bill (May 9) which would provide funding security for Supreme Court justices and their families. (Note that the White House did not mention the SC security bill in this morning’s comments…):
This morning’s disturbing reports are exactly why the Senate unanimously passed a Supreme Court security bill weeks ago. But House Democrats have inexplicably blocked it. House Democrats need to stop their blockade and pass this uncontroversial bill today. pic.twitter.com/wd8UB5RDvm
— Leader McConnell (@LeaderMcConnell) June 8, 2022
On May 20, Dick Durbin of Illinois, the second-ranking Democrat in the Senate, said he was very concerned the House hadn’t yet voted on the bill. House Democrats have claimed they have not moved the legislation because they want to add funding for Supreme Court clerks and staff, but the notion that it would take more than a month to make such a minor change to the bill is preposterous.
The threat at Kavanaugh’s home comes one day after the Department of Homeland Security rebuffed a “heightened” terrorism advisory ahead of the Supreme Court’s expected reversal of the nation’s landmark abortion rights ruling.
I don’t see any reason for the delay in passing the current court funding bill. Nancy Pelosi should explain, in light of the volatile protests at Justices’ homes last month, why it continues to be delayed. Thus far, I can find no new comments from her regarding either the bill or today’s events at Kavanaugh’s home.
Also, I am seeing on Twitter that a great many people are demanding to know: If the SC Justices get a bill passed to specifically provide protection from deranged people with guns, why isn’t the safety of America’s schoolchildren an equal priority (with regard to bills being passed to protect them from deranged people with guns) as well?
NOW – Protesters gather outside Justice Kavanaugh's home.pic.twitter.com/DR5vlbblKV
— Disclose.tv (@disclosetv) June 8, 2022
And I’m just going to leave this reminder here: