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Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch said Thursday that he hopes the investigation into the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization draft opinion leak will be completed soon.
Gorsuch, speaking at Broadmoor Resort in Colorado for the 10th Circuit Bench & Bar Conference, said that the investigatory committee’s findings would be forthcoming.
“The chief justice appointed an internal committee to oversee the investigation,” Gorsuch said, according to the Wall Street Journal. “That committee has been busy, and we’re looking forward to their report, I hope, soon.”
A majority draft opinion, reflecting that the high court would, in fact, overturn Roe v. Wade, was leaked in May and first reported by Politico.
Chief Justice John Roberts ordered the Court’s marshal to conduct an internal investigation, but there have been few updates.
Multiple sources previously told Fox News that the investigation into the approximately 70 individuals in the court who may have had access to the draft opinion has been narrowed. Sources say much of the initial focus was on the three dozen or so law clerks, who work directly with the justices on their caseload.
The Supreme Court, at the time, acknowledged that a “copy of a draft opinion in a pending case” was made public but stressed that it did “not represent a decision by the Court or the final position of any member on the issues in the case.”
Following the leak, conservative justices on the bench began receiving threats and experienced protests outside their homes.
The Supreme Court will come back for the October term just weeks before Americans head to the polls to cast their ballots in the midterm elections.
Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.
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