***UPDATE: Booker didn’t release anything. 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.
Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Senate hearings have been a hot mess from day one.
Even more shocking was the news that liberal protesters were being paid in cash to disrupt the event.
As if all of that wasn’t outrageous enough, a Democrat Senator has now released ‘confidential’ documents on Kavanaugh.
From The Daily Wire:
Democratic Sen. Cory Booker, expected to run for president in 2020, said on Thursday that he will release a “confidential” email he claims shows Judge Brett Kavanaugh talking about racial profiling — and urged Republicans to try to expel him for violating Senate rules.
“Bring it,” a defiant Booker said. “I’m going to release the email about racial profiling,” the New Jersey Democrat said as the third day of Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings began in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Booker on Wednesday had asked Kavanaugh about a 2002 document in which, Booker claimed, the then-aide to President George W. Bush considered using racial profiling as a tool to battle terrorism after the terrorist attacks of September 11.
Booker says he understands he could be ousted:
Cory Booker says he's going to violate Senate rules and release an email kept confidential on "racial profiling" to "expose" that docs being withheld "have nothing to do with national security."
"I understand that the penalty comes with potential ousting from the Senate." (ABC) pic.twitter.com/fzAEM4J8Ej
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) September 6, 2018
Republican Sen. Charles Grassley dug into Booker, asking, “Can I ask you how long you’re going to say the same thing three or four times?”
More video on Booker from the hearing:
What Booker is attempting to do is get his name out there for the public to notice. He’s most likely going to run for president in 2020.
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
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) September 4, 2018