Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) threatens to release racial profiling emails connected to SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh even if it means he will be ejected from the U.S. Senate.
“I am going to release the email about racial profiling. And I understand that the penalty comes with potential ousting from the Senate. And if Sen. Cornyn believes that I violated Senate rules, I openly invite and accept the consequences…the emails being withheld from the public have nothing to do with national security,” Booker said.
Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) responded: “Running for president is no excuse for violating the rules of the Senate…”
Booker says he is having an “I am Spartacus moment” and stands by his pledge to violate the Senate committee rules and release the confidential email.
Cornyn read aloud the Senate rule, which state that a senator who disclosed confidential information is subject to explusion from the Senate. “Then apply the rule, bring the charges,” Booker responded.
Day 3 of Kavanaugh hearing begins w/@CoryBooker vowing to release confidential Kavanaugh emails — even if it means he's ejected from the Senate!
"I openly accept the consequences. I am releasing it to expose that emails being withheld have nothing to do the national security." pic.twitter.com/bFtwg2tGx0
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 6, 2018
“Booker had questioned Kavanaugh Wednesday night about his use of the term “naked racial set-aside” and said he would make public documents backing up that assertion,” the Washington Post reports.
Yep, Cory Booker goes rogue and it’s a profile in courage as the Republicans rush to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court for which he is clearly not qualified because he won’t answer basic questions about his record.
Sens. Dick Durbin, Amy Klobuchar, Chris Coons, Richard Blumenthal, Dianne Feinstein and Mazie Hirono have all said they will join Booker and release documents the Chuck Grassley unilaterally deemed confidential along with the Bush attorney, Bill Burck.
Booker kept his word. He released the emails:
Reaction on Twitter:
Thank you @CoryBooker @DickDurbin @maziehirono for exposing this rigged SCOTUS hearing to the bright light of scrutiny. We having been calling #ReleasetheRecords for months because #WhatsAtStake. The GOP is acting like thugs by ramrodding through a nominee without proper vetting
— DogLover4Dems (@Donna_West) September 6, 2018
Bravo Corey pic.twitter.com/toVrGZHnqx
— Commader Combover (@waltham1976) September 6, 2018
Omg! OMG! Booker gone rogue and just took his place in the history books as a patriot, fighter, and crusader!!
— Phyllis (@phyllissharp54) September 6, 2018
This is called political courage.
Senator Cory Booker says he will release the confidential emails HIDDEN by the Republican Party to expose that they and Kavanaugh are LYING, even if it means he is ousted from the Senate. pic.twitter.com/Gg1lv3BxNq
— Mikel Jollett (@Mikel_Jollett) September 6, 2018
— G O L D I E. (@goldietaylor) September 6, 2018
Wow. @CoryBooker is releasing email about Kavanaugh’s views on racial profiling that GOP labeled “Committee Confidential.” Under penalty of expulsion from Senate. “The American public has right to know.” Thank you @CoryBooker for your leadership and courage.
— Leslie Proll (@LeslieProll) September 6, 2018