Nicholas John Roske Wanted to Assassinate Brett Kavanaugh: Feds

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A gunman was arrested near the US Supreme Court home Brett Kavanaugh had thoughts of murder and suicide in the early hours of Wednesday morning, according to federal court records.

“Around 1:50 a.m. today, a man was arrested near Judge Kavanaugh’s home. The man was armed and threatened “Judge Kavanaugh,” the High Court’s Public Information Officer Patricia McCabe said in a statement to Law&Crime. “He was taken to the 2nd Circuit of the Montgomery County Police Department” in Maryland.

The man later identified in federal court documents Nicholas John Roske, was later charged with attempting to kidnap or murder a US Supreme Court Justice or threatening to assault, kidnap or murder. That’s according to a criminal complaint filed Wednesday in the US District Court for the District of Maryland. The specific alleged felony is a violation of 18 USC § 115(a)(1)(A).

According to a law enforcement affidavit, federal authorities appear to have been ready and waiting:

On June 8, 2022, at approximately 1:05 a.m., two Deputy US Marshals saw a person dressed in black, carrying a backpack and carrying a suitcase, exit a taxi that was parked in front of the residence in Montgomery County, Maryland had a current Justice of the United States Supreme Court. The person looked at the two Deputy US Marshals standing by their parked vehicle, then turned to walk down the street.

Shortly thereafter, the Montgomery County Emergency Communications Center received a call from an individual who identified himself as NICHOLAS JOHN ROSKE. ROSKE informed the interlocutor that he had suicidal thoughts and had a gun in his suitcase. ROSKE also told the caller that he had come from California to kill a certain United States Supreme Court Justice. Montgomery County Police Department officers were dispatched to a location near the Supreme Court Justice’s residence, where they found ROSKE still on the phone with the Montgomery County Emergency Communications Center. ROSKE was taken into custody without incident and police officers confiscated both the backpack and suitcase that were still in his possession.

The document states that Roske’s case and backpack contained “a black chest tactical gear and tactical knife, a Glock 17 pistol with two magazines and ammunition, pepper spray, cable ties, a hammer, a screwdriver, a nail puller, a crowbar, a pistol light, and duct tape included , hiking boots with padding on the outside of the sole, and other items.”

Abortion rights advocates stage a protest outside the home of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh on May 11, 2022 in Chevy Chase, Maryland. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images.)

Police officers stood guard as abortion rights advocates staged a protest outside the home of Assistant U.S. Judge Brett Kavanaugh on May 11, 2022 in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Law&Crime has made the house number unrecognizable. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images.)

Back at a police station, Roske reportedly renounced his constitutional rights, telling authorities that “he was upset by the leak of a recent Supreme Court draft decision on abortion rights, as well as the recent school shootings in Uvalde, Texas.” affidavit continues.

It then asserts as follows:

ROSKE indicated that he believed the judiciary he wanted to kill would side with Second Amendment decisions that would relax gun control laws. ROSKE explained that he started thinking about how to give his life meaning and decided to kill the Supreme Court Justice after finding the Montgomery County judge’s address on the internet. ROSKE further stated that he bought the Glock pistol and other items in order to break into the judge’s residence and kill the judge and himself.

According to the affidavit, a second conversation with the accused led to a confirmation of the statements made in the first conversation.

Under federal law, the penalty for the alleged crime is up to 20 years in prison and a fine.

The suspect is from California, according to FOX News.

Not until mid-May, Attorney General Merrick garland “Assigned” federal law enforcement officials to provide “additional assistance” in protecting Supreme Court justices and their residences. The directive came amid protests over the leak of justice Samuel Alitos Draft opinion that would overturn Roe v. calf and Planned Parenthood vs. Caseythe two instances in which a constitutional abortion right was created and then maintained.

The extra security was ordered as protesters entered the various neighborhoods where Justices Kavanaugh, Alito, Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuchand Amy Coney Barrett live.

The court records are embedded here:

This is an evolving story. . . it has been updated several times.

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