The questions regarding Judge Brett Kavanaugh continued on Thursday as the Democrats looked for any way to discredit the Supreme Court nominee. Democrat Senator Corey Booker (NJ) was one of those angry individuals who threatened to release confidential emails, suggesting that they would damage the nomination of Justice Kavanaugh.
Booker was quickly rebuked by Senator Grassley and Senator Cornyn, but instead of backing down the rebellious senator only replied with “Bring it, bring it.”
Booker continued with his tirade saying, “This is about the closest I’ll probably ever have in my life to an, ‘I am Spartacus’ moment.”
Senator Cornyn again warned Booker not break the committee rules, and release the documents as Booker continued to threaten. Cornyn warned him that such an action could cause him to be removed from his position as a US Senator.
Senate Rule XXIX (29) Section 5, which Booker may be subject to for releasing Kavanaugh email: “Any Senator..who shall disclose the secret or confidential business or proceedings of the Senate..shall be liable, if a Senator, to suffer expulsion from the body”
However, Booker’s bravado turned out to be unnecessary, as the documents were in fact, cleared and made ready for the public by Republicans.
Booker also later released them, but doesn’t appear to have broken any law by doing so, since the documents were cleared for release.
The 12 pages of documents were emails from Kavanaugh in 2001 and 2002, when he worked for the George W. Bush administration. Booker claimed that these documents would show the federal appeals judge’s views on the use of racial profiling for security purposes after 9/11.
In the 2002 email, Kavanaugh stated that while he favored race-neutral policies in policing, there was an “interim question of what to do before a truly effective and comprehensive race-neutral system is developed and implemented.”
The emails were finally made public on Thursday dating from Kavanaugh’s service in the White House under Republican President George W. Bush over more than a decade ago.
H/T: New York Post