“We have to stop fighting with each other and unify. That was happening during the greatest period, I believe, in our country's history in many ways. Just before COVID came in from China - and that's where it came from, Wuhan. It came from Wuhan. It can happen again. We were more unified just before that. Everybody was happy.”
“Out of the respect for our service together, and years of closer friendship, I’m now just going to stay silent.”
“I have known Mike Flynn for many years going back to our days as Paratroopers in the 82d Airborne Division. As such, he remains a friend and prefer to not talk about him.”
Rob Schenck, an evangelical minister who headed the Faith and Action group headquartered near the Supreme Court from 1995 to 2018, said he arranged over the years for about 20 couples to fly to Washington to visit with and entertain Supreme Court Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and the late Antonin Scalia.
Schenck said the goal was to create an ecosystem of support for conservative justices, as a way of making them more forthright in their views.
The previously undisclosed initiative by Faith and Action illustrates the extent to which some Supreme Court justices interacted with advocates for the religious right during a period when the court grappled with social issues such as abortion and gay rights. The calculated nature of Faith and Action’s efforts shows how outside actors can use social activities and expensive dinners to penetrate the court’s highly sealed environment.