Nicholas John Roske travelled from his home in California to Maryland to assassinate Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. He was armed with a pistol, a knife, and other weapons when he was arrested near Kavanaugh's home on Wednesday morning.
The 26-year-old was charged with attempted murder after two U.S. deputy marshals witnessed him exit a taxicab in front of Kavanaugh's house. He was dressed in black and carrying a suitcase and a backpack, reads the federal affidavit.
New York Times reports:
Inside the suitcase and backpack, the authorities later discovered a “black tactical chest rig and tactical knife,” a pistol with two magazines and ammunition, pepper spray, zip ties, a hammer, a screwdriver, a nail punch, a crowbar, a pistol light and duct tape, in addition to other items, according to the affidavit.
His plan was to break into the house, kill the justice and then kill himself, according to the affidavit.
Mr. Roske told the police that he was upset about the recent school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, and about a leaked draft of a Supreme Court opinion suggesting that the justices were poised to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that guarantees the right to an abortion. There have been protests outside Justice Kavanaugh’s home and the homes of the other justices since the leaked draft was published last month.
“Nicholas John Roske, 26, said he was angry over the leaked Supreme Court draft opinion expected to overturn Roe v. Wade and the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas that left 19 students and two teachers dead, according to the probable cause affidavit.”https://t.co/MysTDZD3vm
— James A. Gagliano (@JamesAGagliano) June 9, 2022
In addition to the abortion ruling, the justices could strike down a century-old New York State law that places strict limits on the carrying of handguns. Both decisions are expected to be issued this month.
“Roske indicated that he believed the justice that he intended to kill would side with Second Amendment decisions that would loosen gun control laws,” the affidavit said.
When he arrived and noticed the marshals, he started walking down the street. Shortly after, the Montgomery County Emergency Communications Center received a call from Roske, who claimed to be having suicidal thoughts and in possession of a firearm.
He admitted that he'd travelled “to kill a specific United States Supreme Court justice."
Officers from the Montgomery County Police Department arrived and found Mr. Roske still on the phone with the communications center.
Mr. Roske was taken into custody without incident, said Shiera Goff, a spokeswoman for the Montgomery County Police Department. If he is convicted, he could face up to 20 years in federal prison.
Mr. Roske told the police that he had begun thinking “about how to give his life a purpose” and decided to kill a Supreme Court justice after finding the justice’s address online, the affidavit stated.
While the affidavit did not state which justice Roske intended to kill, Supreme Court spokeswoman Patricia McCabe confirmed that the arrest was near Justice Kavanaugh's home at about 1:50 a.m. on Wednesday.
The would-be assassin appears to have been inspired by Senator Chuck Schumer's recent threat against Kavanaugh, in which he said, "I want to tell you Kavanaugh, you have released the whirlwind and you will pay the price. You won’t know what hit you."
Here’s Chuck Schumer encouraging an insurrection against the Supreme Court. Republicans may need to start a June 8th committee to investigate when they take back the House and Senate this fall. pic.twitter.com/CC6jzQVrCC
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) June 8, 2022
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