WASHINGTON, D.C. (LifeSiteNews) – White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre has refused to publicly denounce illegal protests at homes of pro-life Supreme Court justices.
During a June 13 press conference, Jean-Pierre dodged a question regarding the president’s view on protesting in front of Supreme Court justices’ homes, as reported by the Washington Free Beacon.
Reporter: “Does the president believe that there should be any type of protesters picketing outside of Judges’ homes?”
Jean-Pierre: “We have not weighed in on where people should or should not protest.” pic.twitter.com/rCo3er4jYW
— Washington Free Beacon (@FreeBeacon) June 13, 2022
“Does the president believe that there should be any type of protesters picketing outside of Judges’ homes?” a reporter asked.
“We have not weighed in on where people should or should not protest,” Jean-Pierre said before adding “We have said that all Americans have the right to peacefully protest whatever their point of view.”
“But that attempts at intimidation and violence are totally unacceptable and they need to be condemned at any time regardless of who does it,” she added, failing to directly condemn the protests.
Her predecessor, Jen Psaki, had said that the White House encouraged “peaceful protests” “outside of judges’ homes, and that’s the president’s position” and said that the Biden administration does not “have an official U.S. government position on where people protest.”
On June 8, pro-abortion protestors gathered outside Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s home just hours after an attempt on the justice’s life.
Federal law distinctly prohibits attempts to influence Supreme Court justices, including by protesting outside their personal residences.
Federal U.S. code 1507 prohibits all protests with the “intent of interfering with, obstructing, or impeding the administration of justice, or with the intent of influencing any judge, juror, witness, or court officer … in or near a building or residence occupied or used by such judge, juror, witness, or court officer.”
Last week, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security warned of potential terrorist violence over the pending decision on Roe v. Wade, claiming that pro-life supporters as well as pro-abortion activists have been encouraging violence, despite no evidence of violence or threats of violence committed by the pro-life side.
A prominent pro-abortion vandal group going by the name “Jane’s Revenge” has claimed responsibility for several attacks of vandalism and arson as part of its “night of rage” in protest of the potential outlawing of abortion. In addition to pregnancy centers, the group is openly attacking churches.