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Who is John Roberts – Justice Chief allegedly folded on Texas election fraud case?

December 18, 2020 | 18:05

There is a rumor circulating on social media that Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts screamed at his colleagues while urging them to send away a lawsuit from Texas’ attorney general asking the court to block millions of votes cast in 2020 election.

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Chief Justice John Roberts.

On the afternoon of December 17, attorney Wood (Lin Wood) posted a tweet saying that he now understands why the Supreme Court rejected a Texas lawsuit alleging unconstitutional in general elections in four states. He said it was Chief Justice John Roberts who got in the way.

Attorney Lin Wood told his 800,000-plus Twitter followers on Thursday that Chief Justice John Roberts said during a phone call in August that President Donald Trump could not be allowed to have another term, according to Law&Crime.

Wood, who has the QA nonhashtag “#WWG1WGA” in his Twitter bio and recently called on Trump to declare martial law, prefaced his attack on Roberts and Justice Stephen Breyer by saying that “This may be the most important tweet of my life.”

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Attorney Lin Wood's tweet.

In the next tweet, Wood made a claim that was both risible and beyond belief. He initially claimed to have knowledge of a phone conversation from Aug. 19 wherein Roberts vowed that Trump would not be permitted to be reelected. Wood also bizarrely claimed that Breyer was in on the conspiracy.

Wood did not elaborate and did not provide any evidence whatsoever to back up this wild claim. What he did do was preemptively attempt to discredit anyone who criticized him or questioned what he was saying. He only asserted that there is “documentation” in the hands of unspecified third parties.

“The documentation of my claims about Justices Roberts & Breyer has been placed in hands of several third parties. When one cannot attack message, all too often messenger is attacked,” Wood said. “But TRUTH cannot be denied. It cannot be destroyed. I have made sure of that TRUTH.”

All of this raises some questions like: When did Wood “learn” of this presumably non-existent August phone call? Has he been sitting on this for months? Wouldn’t that mean he is in on the conspiracy? Well, Wood subsequently tweeted “if my date below is incorrect by a couple of months […]”—which raises some obvious questions about the “documentation” he claimed to have.

But Wood’s tweets also raise more serious questions, as legal observers noted.

On the website for his firm, Wood says he is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court. In fact, Wood and Sidney Powell are currently trying to get the Supreme Court to hear their Georgia “Kraken” case.

Wood, calling Roberts corrupt and deceitful, said the chief justice is the “reason” the Supreme Court hasn’t gotten involved in 2020 election disputes. This is clearly not true. Just last week, the entire Supreme Court completely rejected the Texas lawsuit, as well as Wood’s attempt to weigh in on the case. He misspelled his own last name in the filing. Still, many of the president’s followers were convinced that the Texas lawsuit had to be going somewhere. It didn’t, as legal experts predicted.

Rumors about the shouting match over Texas voter fraud case

According to Snopes, there are comments on social media accusing Roberts folded on Texas election fraud case. Roberts allegedly wanted to dismiss the lawsuit, the rumor claimed, because he was afraid of the “radical left” and the inevitable riots that would ensue if the court took up the case.

While Bigleaguepolitics cited report from a Supreme Court staffer indicating that Chief Justice John Roberts folded on the landmark Texas election fraud case because he was scared of pushback from left-wing terror groups like ANTIFA and Black Lives Matter.

State Representative Matt Patrick of District 32 relayed the testimony during an impassioned plea on the Texas House floor for political figures across the nation to fight the vote steal.

“He said the justices, as they always do, went into a closed room to discuss cases they’re taking and to debate,” Roberts said.

“When the Texas case was brought up, he heard screaming through the walls, as Justice Roberts and the other liberal justices were insisting that this case not be taken up, and the reason the words that were heard through the wall when Justice Thomas and Justice Alito were citing ‘Bush v. Gore’ from John Roberts …at that time we didn’t have riots!’,” he continued.

“So what he was saying was that he was afraid of what would happen if they did the right thing, and I’m sorry, but that is moral cowardice, and we in the [State Republican Executive Committee], I’m an State Republican Executive Committee member, we put those words in very specifically because the charge of the Supreme Court is to ultimately be our final arbitrator, our final line of defense, for right and wrong, and they did not do their duty,” he added.

John Roberts' Legal career

John Roberts was appointed in 2005 by Republican former President George W. Bush and is a traditional conservative, protective of the Supreme Court as an institution.

Roberts began his legal career by clerking for appellate Judge Henry Friendly and Rehnquist. Roberts spent two decades working in Washington, D.C., under the administrations of Ronald Reagan (R) and George H.W. Bush and in private practice at Hogan & Hartson, according to Ballotpedia.

Prior to joining the Supreme Court, Roberts served on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit from 2003 to 2005.

Roberts’ notable opinions include the Affordable Care Act cases King v. Burwell and National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius and the plurality opinion in the racial classification in school admissions case Parents Involved v. Seattle.

Reuters reported that in his 2005 Senate confirmation hearing, Roberts compared the role of a judge to a baseball umpire calling balls and strikes. He has sought to portray himself as above politics.

He recently cemented his role as the Supreme Court’s dominant figure by siding with the four liberal justices in a trio of major rulings in June, including a 5-4 decision striking down a restrictive Louisiana abortion law.

Roberts is the justice closest to being a swing vote after the 2018 retirement of fellow conservative Anthony Kennedy. The court is closely divided, with five conservatives and four liberals.

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