Alleged attempted Kavanaugh assassin pleaded not guilty in federal court Wednesday

The California man accused of attempting to assassinate Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

According to a report by The Washington Examiner, Nicholas John Roske, 26, made his plea in a Maryland federal court on Wednesday after charges were announced by The Department of Justice.

Roske is facing charges for “attempted murder of a Supreme Court Justice,” despite calling the cops on himself after getting out of a taxi a few blocks from Kavanaugh’s house.

Roske, who was detained earlier this month outside of Kavanaugh’s residence in Chevy Chase, Maryland, told police that he wanted to kill the justice because he was unhappy about the leak of a draft decision that suggested the Supreme Court would overturn Roe v. Wade.

Inside a backpack and suitcase Roske was carrying, the FBI discovered a revolver with two magazines and ammunition, pepper spray, zip ties, a crowbar, and other supplies.

According to the Justice Department, Roske allegedly went from California to Washington and arrived at the justice’s home in the wee hours of the morning.

Roske walked down the street and dialed the Montgomery County police hotline to report having suicidal thoughts when he saw U.S. deputy marshals standing guard outside. He was arrested moments later

“Roske stated that he began thinking about how to give his life a purpose and decided that he would kill the Supreme Court Justice after finding the Justice’s Montgomery County address on the Internet,” according to an affidavit written by FBI Special Agent Ian Montijo.

Roske faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison for the attempted murder of a U.S. judge if he is convicted, according to the Justice Department.