Armed man arrested near SCOTUS Justice Kavanaugh's home: report

Armed man arrested near SCOTUS Justice Kavanaugh's home: report
Brett Kavanaugh during his 2018 Supreme Court confirmation hearings, Wikimedia Commons
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An armed man has been apprehended near the home of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and reportedly told police officers he wanted to kill the associate justice.

During the early hours of Wednesday, June 8, a court spokesperson released a statement to Insider with brief details about the incident, which was first reported by The Washington Post.

"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. He was transported to Montgomery County Police 2nd District," spokesperson Patricia McCabe said in a statement.

The arrested suspect, said to be a California native who appeared to be in his 20s, was found with "burglary equipment and at least one weapon" when he was stopped by law enforcement near the justice's Maryland home.

Per Insider, sources with knowledge of the investigation reportedly told The Washington Post "that police found initial evidence that shows the man was upset about last month's leaked Supreme Court draft opinion that could overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark ruling that legalized abortion nationwide nearly 50 years ago."

The latest report comes ahead of the U.S. Supreme Court's impending decisions on the historic Roe v. Wade; decisions that could lead to the potential overturn of the historic abortion rights precedent. As reports of the incident were made public, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) addressed the situation from the Senate floor describing it as "extremely disturbing."

McConnell also used the moment as an opportunity to ask House Democrats to consider reviewing bipartisan legislation, proposed by Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Sen. Chris Coons (R-Del.).

"This is exactly, exactly the kind of event that many feared that the terrible breach of the court's rules and norms could fuel," McConnell said.

He continued, "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."

Cornyn also echoed similar sentiments when he spoke with the press as he called on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to consider the proposal.

"The arrest of this individual proves these threats to the Justices' lives are horrifyingly real, and it's unconscionable for House Democrats to leave their families without police protection for even one more day," the senator said in a statement. "Speaker Pelosi must keep the House in session until they pass my bill. Every day they don't the threat to the Justices grows, the potential for tragedy becomes more likely, and House Democrats achieve a new apex of political dysfunction."

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