Kavanaugh Hearing Derails: Republicans Want To Kick Democrat Out The Senate
Senator Corey Booker (D-NJ) and Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) got into it on Thursday at Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation hearing.
Booker said that he was going to violate Senate rules by releasing an email that was kept confidential because he didn't think it had anything to do with national security, and thought it was important to release it to the public.
“I take full responsibility for violating that, sir,” Booker said — addressing Senate Judiciary Committee chair Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA). “I violate it because I sincerely believe the public deserves to know this nominee’s record. In this particular case, his record on issues of race and the law. I could not understand — I violated this rule knowingly — why these issues should be withheld from the public.”
Booker then addressed Cornyn, who talked down to Booker for supposedly "violating committee rules."“There are serious charges made against me by my colleague from Texas,” Booker said. “I don’t know if they were political bluster or sincere feelings. If what he said was sincere, there actually are Senate rules governing the behavior of senators. If he feels that I and now my fellow colleagues who are with me have violated those rules, if he is not a tempest in a tea pot but believes that, then bring the charges.”
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
Cornyn replied by reading from a Senate rule.
“Any senator, officer or employee of the Senate who shall disclose the secret or confidential business or proceedings of the Senate, including the business and proceedings of the committees, subcommittees and offices of the Senate, shall be liable if a senator to suffer expulsion from the body and if an officer or employee to dismissal from the service of the Senate and to punishment or contempt,” Cornyn said.
Sen. @CoryBooker: "I'm knowingly violating the rules. Sen Cornyn has called me out for it. I'm saying right now that I'm releasing committee confidential documents."Senator @JohnCornyn: "Running for president is no excuse for violating the rules of the Senate…" pic.twitter.com/A2pB19ENPP
— CSPAN (@cspan) September 6, 2018
Booker told him to "bring it."But, Booker wasn't alone. Senator Dick Durbin had his back. He said that he concurred with what Booker was doing and that if there was "going to be some retribution against the Senator" to "count him in."
Mazie Hirono announces that she'll also release a Committee confidential document to the press, says that if Cory Booker is going to be punished, "count me in, too."— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) September 6, 2018
Dick Durbin to Cory Booker: "I concur with what you are doing. Let's jump into this pit together ... If there is going to be some retribution against the senator from New Jersey, count me in. I want to be part of this process." (via CBS) pic.twitter.com/4x9FW84L10— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) September 6, 2018
While this is all happening so sudden - and we're not sure if Booker will face any charges yet - what is at issue is the sheer amount of documents relating to Judge Kavanaugh's time during George W. Bush's White House concerning pivotal issues all being kept confidential. There are hundreds of thousands of them.
President Trump cited executive privilege himself for not releasing 102,000 of them.