On Tuesday, Supreme Court confirmation hearings began for Judge Brett Kavanaugh despite much criticism from Democrats asking that the hearings be halted due to the large amount of files that have been withheld. Republicans have argued though that no documents need to be produced because they involve confidential discussions.
However, Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) is defying the GOP and releasing another round of “confidential” paperwork from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s work as a White House lawyer despite facing the threat of a potential ethics investigation. Booker released 82 pages of emails on Friday evening which were stamped “committee confidential.”
Booker defended his actions arguing that the GOP process for confirming Kavanaugh “makes a mockery of Senate precedent” and the chamber’s “duty of advice and consent.” Booker explained:
‘The public – and the Senators whose responsibility it is to vet this nominee – have the right to know where Judge Kavanaugh stands on important issues of law and justice.’
The released documents include emails to Kavanaugh and other White House, Justice Department, and Senate staffers from then-GOP Senate aide Manny Miranda. Miranda hacked into Democratic files in 2002, discussing Democratic strategy for opposing a judicial nomination.
‘Defying rules of the Senate and in protest of the confirmation process of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, New Jersey Democrat, Sen. Cory Booker on Thursday released documents pertaining to Kavanaugh’s record deemed “confidential” by the Senate Judiciary Committee. Booker made the threat to release the documents on day three of Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing, risking his ouster from the Senate.’
The documents that were released pertain to Kavanaugh emails on racial profiling that had been marked confidential by the Judiciary Committee. One email thread was about an Associated Press headline titled “Bush
In the email, Kavanaugh is asked who from the White House could discuss the issue. He responds saying that whoever handles the calls should make it clear that:
‘(There) is no need to take a position on whether diversity itself is a compelling interest since race-neutral alternatives are available and, in other states, have ensured that minorities have access to and are represented in institutions of higher education.’
In another significant email, he sends a biography on William Pryor who is considered controversial because of his stance on Roe v. Wade. Kavanaugh had told the committee he was “not involved” with Pryor’s judicial nomination in 2004.
After these details were revealed, Democrats grilled Kavanaugh during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings regarding the fact that they showed Kavanaugh had been looped in on the discussions about Pryor’s nomination.
Booker is a likely 2020 presidential contender and has been unapologetic about his decision to release the documents.
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