The majority of the House Judiciary Committee is calling activist Rev. Robert Schenck, a former conservative who now supports the left, as a witness at a hearing on Thursday regarding claims that Justice Samuel Alito leaked court opinions in 2014. This is true even though the Supreme Court found Schenck to be “not entirely credible” in 1996.
A report on the claims that Alito provided material to a couple who seemed to have contact with Schenck led to Thursday’s hearing, “Undue Influence: ‘Operation Higher Court’ and Politicking at SCOTUS.” Despite the Supreme Court’s finding that Schenck was an untrustworthy witness, the reverend is expected to be the Democrats’ key witness during the hearing.
According to the Buffalo News, Paul Schenck, Schenck’s twin brother, was at the focus of a lawsuit over attempts to “provoke” an escort outside an abortion clinic in the 1996 case Schenck v. Pro-Choice Network of Western New York. On behalf of his brother, Schenck testified.
“At the hearing, the Schencks insisted that they were not present at 1241 Main Street on December 29, 1990, as part of Project Rescue. Rather, they contend that they were there only to evangelize and preach. The Court finds, however, that their testimony in this regard is not credible,” according to court records that Daily Caller News Foundation received.
The brothers were questioned by the court on claims that they had changed into different clothes to fool pro-abortion activists into thinking Paul Schenck was someone else. “The Schencks’ inability to recollect the incident to be totally incredible,” when neither brother could recall it.
Despite this background, the House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hear Schenck’s allegations, which were reported in the New York Times, that he learned of the Supreme Court majority ruling in the case of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. after Alito had dinner with Schenck’s pals.
Republicans’ lone witness at the hearing, Mark Paoletta, a partner at the law firm Schaffer Jaffe, told the DCNF that the committee was merely aiming to connect Alito to the claims against Hobby Lobby and ultimately to the Dobbs leak.
“They’re connecting these two allegations, in my view baseless allegations, to connect Alito to the Dobbs leak,” he claimed. “It’s completely false, but that’s what they’re trying to do.”
According to Rolling Stone, the reverend has a lengthy history of attempting to persuade conservative justices through prayer and dialogue.
More on this story via The Western Journal:
Gayle Wright and her husband, Don Wright, had dinner with Justice Alito and his wife in 2014 and Schenck alleges that following this dinner Wright called him and told him that Alito had told her and her husband the outcome of the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court case, according to the Times. Wright and Alito denied Schenck’s accusation.
Schenck’s claims were similarly denied by Paoletta, who told the DCNF that Schenck admitted in his own blog to being less than honest.
“[Y]ou have Robert Schenck, who is not a reliable narrator of the truth, as evidenced by his own admission that he is a self-confessed liar of consequential lies, I think he says on his blog, and that other federal courts have found him to be a liar,” he explained. CONTINUE READING…