New Jersey Senator Cory Booker is rumored to be a contender for the Democrat nomination for president come 2020.
During the Brett Kavanaugh hearings, Booker did what most potential presidential candidates do by grandstanding and placing the focus on himself.
Booker asked Kavanaugh question after question about why he’s fit to become an associate justice on the Supreme Court.
Yet, what’s weird is that when confronted with a question from a reporter in the halls of Congress, Booker accused his questioner of violating the Constitution.
From Free Beacon:
Sen. Cory Booker accused a reporter of violating the U.S. Constitution after he asked the New Jersey Democrat a question in the halls of Congress on Thursday.
During the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing on the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Booker threatened to release confidential documents relating to Kavanaugh’s service as a lawyer in the George W. Bush administration.
“I understand the penalty comes with potential ousting from the Senate,” Booker said before releasing Kavanaugh’s old emails, adding, “This is about the closest I’ll probably ever have in my life to an ‘I am Spartacus’ moment.”
After the display, however, the Washington Post reported that the “confidential” emails were already cleared for public release before Booker’s dare, citing both Democratic and Republican aides on the judiciary committee.
Although Booker made it out to be a big deal that he was going to release ‘confidential’ documents related to Kavanaugh (which he admitted could get him ousted from the Senate), it turns out the documents were cleared earlier in the day.
But it turns out the documents Booker “heroically” released, even saying this was his “Spartacus moment,” had already been cleared for publication at 4 a.m. this morning.
Therefore, he didn’t actually break any rules. He was simply grandstanding.
More from Washington Times:
Some Democrats auditioned for a 2020 presidential bid while others tried to shore up support from the party’s liberal base ahead of November’s elections as they competed Tuesday to show the most resistance to President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican who ran for president in 2016 but flamed out in the GOP primary, said he understood Democrats’ motivation in ganging up on Judge Kavanaugh. He said he voted for the confirmations of President Barack Obama’s two picks, Justices Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor.
“I would suggest you think long and hard if you have a political ambition of voting for this guy because it will not play well on your side,” he told Democrats.
But he said they shouldn’t be surprised when Judge Kavanaugh wins confirmation: “To my friends on the other side, you can’t lose the election and pick judges. If you want to pick judges you better win.”
Senators grandstanding in hearings to make a name for themselves is nothing new. It happens on both sides of the aisle.
But to do something like this during the Kavanaugh hearings is futile, considering even left-leaning CNN know Democrats won’t be able to stop the judge from being confirmed to the Supreme Court.
From Daily Caller:
[CNN anchor John] King said Democrats are using the tactic of delaying until after the Midterms since they don’t have the “math” to stop the nomination and “because they don’t have the votes at the end.”
“You saw Democrats right out of the box delay the hearing, postpone the hearing — it’s all about politics. We’ll get to the policy when Judge Kavanaugh starts answering questions,” King said, “He could change the court balance on abortion, on gay marriage, on health care access. So far it’s been about politics. That tells me the Democrats began this hearing knowing they don’t have the math. They’re trying to stop it at the beginning because they don’t have the votes at the end.”
CNN’s John King on Dems' complaints during Kavanaugh hearing: "It’s all about politics.”
“Democrats began this hearing knowing they don't have the math. They're trying to stop it at the beginning because they don't have the votes at the end." #SCOTUS https://t.co/TeGwlHjAcr pic.twitter.com/K018nQRgxV
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