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H.R. 7917: Leaker Accountability Act of 2022

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People haven’t been this horrified by a publicized first draft since the original character design for the Sonic the Hedgehog movie.


In May, Politico leaked a draft Supreme Court opinion that would overturn 1973’s Roe v. Wade decision and revert abortion policy entirely back to the states. The identity of the leaker and their motive both remain publicly unknown.

Although some politicians like Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) called the leak a “lawless action,” that’s actually false. Leaking government documents is only a crime if the document is classified, which the draft opinion was not. Classified documents are almost always within the executive branch, usually related to national security, rather than the judicial branch.

With the Court’s final decision expected in late June, the possibility remains …

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Mike Johnson

Sponsor. Representative for Louisiana's 4th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: May 31, 2022
Length: 3 pages
May 31, 2022
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Introduced on May 31, 2022

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12 Cosponsors (12 Republicans)

3% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


May 31, 2022

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H.R. 7917 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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