White House Responds After Police Were Called to DC Restaurant for Harassment of Supreme Court Justice

Police officers in Washington were called this week to Morton’s Steakhouse in Washington, where Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh was being harassed.

A call for service was lodged at approximately 8:55 p.m. on July 6, a Metropolitan Police Department spokesperson told The Epoch Times in an email.

“It appears some suspicious individuals were trying to enter the VIP room in the restaurant. I do not have confirmation on who those people in the VIP room were. The individuals fled the location prior to police arrival,” the spokesperson said.

A police report is not yet available. But Kavanaugh, a Trump appointee, left the District of Columbia location of the chain, which sits on Connecticut Avenue, around the same time, according to ShutDownDC, a protest group that summoned activists to the scene after receiving a tip he was there.

Morton’s referred comment to its parent company, Landry’s, which did not respond to a request for comment.

A company representative told Politico that Kavanaugh was dining at the restaurant on Wednesday.

“Honorable Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh and all of our other patrons at the restaurant were unduly harassed by unruly protestors while eating dinner at our Morton’s restaurant,” the spokesperson said. “Politics, regardless of your side or views, should not trample the freedom at play of the right to congregate and eat dinner. There is a time and place for everything. Disturbing the dinner of all of our customers was an act of selfishness and void of decency.”

A request for comment from Kavanaugh sent to the Supreme Court was not returned.

White House Weighs In

Asked whether President Joe Biden believes it is appropriate to harass a Supreme Court justice while they are dining out, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Friday that “we condemn any intimidation of judges.”

“We have said that we want to see peaceful protests. We want to see the protests be peaceful, but when it comes to intimidation, that is something we condemn,” she added later. “We condemn intimidation, we condemn any violence, and we have been very clear, it is a clear definition. Peaceful protest, people should be allowed to be able to do that. If it’s outside of a restaurant, if it’s peaceful, sure.”

Activists are upset that Kavanaugh signed onto the majority opinion that struck down Roe v. Wade, delivering the full ability to regulate abortion back to states.

The Biden administration has refused to prosecute people who have gathered outside the homes of Kavanaugh and others in recent weeks, despite a federal law that prohibits protesting outside a judge’s home with the intent to intimidate.

Many protesters made clear that they wanted to convince the justices not to strike down the 1973 ruling.

The administration did order around-the-clock security at the homes of all nine justices, and Biden signed a bill to bolster security for the justices.

A California man was arrested in June after flying to Maryland to Kavanaugh’s home. He had a gun and burglary tools and planned to break into the house and kill Kavanaugh, according to court documents. The man called 911 on himself after seeing U.S. marshals in front of the house, on the advice of his sister. The man pleaded not guilty on June 22.

Zachary Stieber

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Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.

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