Conservative U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito I told my private dinner companions about the ruling of the high court in the case Burwell V. Hobby Lobby, according to a bombshell report in The New York Times.

The dinner companions were wealthy donors of an evangelical Christian nonprofit and they reportedly tip off Rev. Rob Schenck said to the Times that he informed the CEO of Hobby Lobby.

Schenck also used the data “undetectably” Help “in preparing for the inevitable announcement” of the court’s decision, which he wrote in a letter to Chief Justice John Roberts was interviewed earlier in the year. published The Times

This 2014 case led the court to rule that contraception required by a company for its health coverage was in violation of religious freedom protections. Hobby Lobby’s conservative Christian owners said they were opposed To use contraception

The result was a victory for the craft store chain and religious conservatives ― much like the court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which overturned Roe v. Wade, rolling back abortion rights for millions of people.

Alito denies tipping the court’s hand eight years ago, the Times reported. But the accusation comes at a contentious moment where swaths of the nation have questions about the court’s legitimacy and its station above politics.

Schenck turned whistleblower this year after the Supreme Court’s monumental decision against abortion rights was leaked in draft form to Politico, sparking nationwide protests. Roberts stated that the court was still investigating the leak but had not shared any further developments with the public.

In Schenck received his letter from him to the chief judge. “Considering there may be a severe penalty to be paid by whoever is responsible for the initial leak of the recent draft opinion, I thought this previous incident might bear some consideration by you and others involved in the process.”

He also added: “Of course, I would be happy to fully cooperate should you find any value in other details surrounding what I have transmitted here.”

Schenck signed this letter. “Yours in the interest of truth and fairness.”

He stated to The New York Times that he had not received any response.