CV NEWS FEED // In a newly uncovered email sent weeks after an assassination attempt on Justice Brett Kavanaugh, the U.S. Marshals Service said it was “unaware” of “targeted” threats to Supreme Court justices.
The Marshals Service sent the internal email on June 23, 2022, the day before the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. The Heritage Foundation’s Oversight Project obtained the email. Kavanaugh was one of the six-justice majority who voted in favor of overturning Roe.
The Marshals Service is an agency of the Department of Justice.
The Daily Signal’s Mary Margaret Olohan reported Thursday that the email was “sent to the Marshals Service leadership and communications teams” and “addressed the then-pending ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.”
In the email, the Marshals wrote that “[The Judicial Security Division] is unaware of any specific, targeted threat to a USMS-protected facility or person; however, the likelihood of protests occurring as a response to the ruling is great.”
Olohan wrote that
the claim comes as a surprise, given the ongoing protests outside the homes of the justices.
Additionally, on June 8, 2022—the day authorities arrested Roske—Ruth Sent Us called for protests at Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s home and church in a post that discussed the family’s daily schedule.
Olohan also stated that the email
does not mention Nicholas Roske’s alleged assassination attempt on Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh two weeks earlier, nor does it mention that the justices’ addresses had been posted online.
Roske has said that he was motivated to kill Kavanaugh by seeing the justice’s home address posted on the internet. The addresses are still readily available on the internet.
Roske, a then-26-year-old California man, took a cross-country plane ride and arrived in front of Kavanaugh’s Maryland home at around 1:00 a.m. on June 8, 2022, armed with a Glock pistol. He was spotted by U.S. Marshals, eventually surrendered to law enforcement, and was arrested near the Kavanaugh residence.
His online communications and own words to police clearly indicate that the then-pending abortion decision was the main motive in Roske’s failed attempt on Kavanaugh’s life.
“Im gonna stop roe v wade from being overturned,” he said via an online message prior to the attempt. He explained that to stop the overthrow of Roe, he would “remove some people from the supreme court.”
He also made it clear that Kavanaugh was not the only justice he was targeting. “I could get a least one, which would change the votes for decades to come, and I am shooting for 3,” he said.
In addition to his support of abortion, Roske was also concerned about Kavanaugh and other conservative justices’ past decisions on gun control.