The suspect’s arrest affidavit reveals he intended to assassinate the justice because he is upset over the leaked Supreme Court opinion and believes Kavanaugh will defend the Second Amendment in future cases.
UPDATE: The suspect has been identified by police as 26-year-old California resident Nicholas John Roske. He was dropped off directly in front of Kavanaugh’s home but fled the scene after seeing two Deputy US Marshalls patrolling.
He carried a backpack and a suitcase which contained a Glock 17 pistol with two magazines and ammo, zip ties, a crow bar, and pepper spray.
According to the arrest affidavit, Roske told a detective “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.”
He has been charged with attempted murder and faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.
According to CNBC, the man was armed with a handgun, knife, and pepper spray.
He was arrested early Wednesday morning after taking a taxi to Kavanaugh’s neighborhood.
The Supreme Court issued a statement that read, “At approximately 1:50 a.m. today, a man was arrested near Justice Kavanaugh’s residence. The man was armed and made threats against Justice Kavanaugh.”
After the leaked draft Roe v. Wade opinion last month, Kavanaugh’s private residence was the site of pro-abortion protests. The Justice Department said that the Marshals Service is still providing “around-the-clock” security at the homes of all nine Supreme Court justices.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and other Senate Republicans blamed the “unhinged rhetoric” of Democratic leaders for the attack.
“This is exactly the kind of event that many worried the unhinged, reckless, apocalyptic rhetoric from prominent figures toward the Court, going back many months, and especially in recent weeks, could make more likely,” McConnell said.
He also lambasted House Democrats for refusing to pass the Supreme Court security bill that unanimously passed the Senate weeks ago.
Senator Ted Cruz took to Twitter to recall the Biden administration and Democrat leadership’s “incendiary rhetoric”.
Biden and the Dems need to stop their irresponsible and incendiary rhetoric on Roe and condemn the violence coming from their supporters. 2/x— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) June 8, 2022
This story is developing and will be updated as information becomes available.