Did The Supreme Court Pick Just Leak On Twitter?

Posted: Jan 31, 2017 12:55 PM

UPDATE: Uh, maybe yes?

Neil Gorsuch was in fact nominated to the Supreme Court, and the account is now unlocked. However, this doesn't mean it's his actual account.

Stay tuned?

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As we all know, President Donald Trump will be making his pick for the Supreme Court tonight at 8 p.m. Eastern. However, due to an awkward Twitter mishap, the pick may have already leaked: Justice Neil Gorsuch.

A protected, private account with the handle @JusticeNGorsuch with the bio "Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States" appeared shortly before 1 p.m. on Tuesday. As Gorsuch's account is locked, it is impossible to see who are the 22 people following the account and the seven people that the account follows. The account also has two unknown tweets.

While it's entirely possible that this is a parody or joke account, there does not appear to be a similar account for the other reported "finalist" for the spot, Justice Thomas Hardiman. Hardiman's relatively empty Twitter handle does not mention the Supreme Court.

It's entirely possible that the person who created the account assumed that protected accounts could not be seen nor would be visible in search. Clearly, this isn't correct.

We'll know in about seven hours if this "leak" turns out to be correct.