Fox News is told there has been a strong police presence at the justices’ homes following the leak. The group says they will visit the homes on May 11.
The D.C. Police Department has erected fencing around the Supreme Court building in anticipation of escalating protests this weekend. Police have also activated protest-response units through Sunday.
The move comes after a draft copy of Justice Samuel Alito’s opinion upholding a Mississippi abortion law leaked to Politico. The decision would overturn Roe v. Wade if adopted by four other justices.
Chief Justice John Roberts described the leak as a “betrayal” of the court on Tuesday and ordered an investigation into the incident.
Republicans on Capitol Hill have also expressed outrage over the nearly unprecedented leak, while Democrats have sounded the alarms in defense of abortion.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell called for the leaker to be prosecuted, saying the move was a transparent attempt to subvert the court’s ruling.
“Somebody, likely somebody inside the court itself, leaked a confidential brief to the press, to stir up a pressure campaign,” McConnell, R-Ky., said. “Whoever committed this lawless act knew exactly what it could bring about.”