Day two of the Brett Kavanaugh hearings were once again riddled with theatrics. Guy will have a more in-depth analysis later, but let’s discuss Sen. Cory Booker’s nonsense stand to release documents supposedly relating to racial profiling that were deemed confidential. He called it his Spartacus moment. Give me a break—it was more 2020 posturing. He didn’t violate a Senate rule by doing this, which comes with the risk of expulsion from the body, though he said he was willing to do so for the sake of the republic. There are not enough eyes to roll on this one. This set off more Democrats whining and complaining about document releases and transparency when, again, everyone knows they’re not going to support this man. They’ve already made up their minds, which is why the Senate GOP shouldn’t entertain their nonsense motions on this front. This clown show over documents lasted nearly an hour (via Fox News):
“I am Spartacus.” #2020 pic.twitter.com/IgfxdNpjEj— GOP (@GOP) September 6, 2018
New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker injected chaos into Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing Thursday by releasing confidential Kavanaugh emails with the backing of fellow Democrats in possible violation of Senate rules, calling it an act of “civil disobedience” and drawing condemnation from the Republicans on the committee.
“I am going to release the e-mail about racial profiling and I understand that the penalty comes with potential ousting from the Senate,” Booker said at the beginning of the third day of Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing.
After announcing plans to do so, Booker released 12 pages of emails -- which had been marked "committee confidential" -- online for the public to read. The emails included internal post-9/11 discussions surrounding issues of racial profiling.
The New Jersey Democrat said he would “knowingly” violate the Senate rules to release the emails. Some of the other Democrats on the committee expressed their support for Booker's effort.
Booker on Thursday drew attention to one 2002 email in particular from Kavanaugh that had the subject line “racial profiling.”
I've said it before and I'll say it again: I will happily work with any of my colleagues from across the aisle to go through the necessary steps and processes to try and get specific classified documents released to the public. #Kavanaugh #SCOTUS— Mike Lee (@SenMikeLee) September 6, 2018
In the end, it was cleared prior to its release by the Bush team and the committee, so nice acting job there, Cory. Also, the big bombshell in those documents only showed that Brett Kavanaugh is reasonable, mainstream, and against racial profiling after the 9/11 terror attacks. The documents were from his time in the Bush administration, which has become a focal point for Democrats since they know there are scores of documents, immaterial ones, whose review could delay the whole process (via Daily Caller):
The fury over the documents led to a letdown for Democrats. The documents only demonstrated that in 2002, soon after the 9/11 attacks, Kavanaugh was against the racial profiling of people while working for the Bush White House. Kavanaugh told colleagues in the email that he favors “effective security measures that are race-neutral” for airports, and he is against “race-based” remedies for law enforcement in the aftermath of the attack.
THIS - THE DEAL W/ KAVANAUGH DOCS: Judic. GOP staff just told us...— Lisa Desjardins (@LisaDNews) September 6, 2018
- Booker violated rules last pm b/c "racial profiling" email was then confidential.
- He then requst'd permiss. for it to be public.
- Committee + Bush team cleared it overnight.
- So was NOT violation this am.
So the documents that Cory Booker violated committee rules to release shows that Kavanaugh rejected the use of race or national origin in airport security screening and law enforcement generally in the immediate aftermath of 9/11 https://t.co/aNIkqWeN01 pic.twitter.com/bhyBG17uz2— Lachlan Markay (@lachlan) September 6, 2018
Someone get Sen. Booker a tissue, his nose is bleeding from that rake he just jumped on.