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Cory Booker Risks Ouster from Senate to Release 'Committee Confidential' Kavanaugh Docs

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | September 6, 2018 |

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | September 6, 2018 |


Look: I don’t want to be cynical, but I have no idea how much of this is grandstanding, or if there is an actual chance that Republicans might expel him from the Senate, but Senator Cory Booker announced this morning that he would release “committee confidential” emails to illustrate that these documents have nothing to do with national security and everything to do with the GOP trying to hide information about Supreme Court candidate Brett Kavanaugh from the public.

“I am going to release the email about racial profiling. And I understand that the penalty comes with potential ousting from the Senate. And if Sen. Cornyn believes that I violated Senate rules, I openly invite and accept the consequences…the emails being withheld from the public have nothing to do with national security.”

Here’s John Cornyn threatening expulsion.

The email that Booker plans to release comes from the Monday night document dump, 42,000 documents the Republicans finally gave the Democrats only hours before confirmation hearings were set to begin. The NYTimes has also released an email from those committee confidential documents showing that Brett Kavanaugh did not necessarily believe that Roe v. Wade was settled law.

(And if he doesn’t believe it is settled law, then what the hell, Susan Collins?)

Senator Hirono plans to join Cory Booker.

Senator Durbin just jumped in, too.

The head of the Judiciary Committee, Chuck Grassley, seems to be threatening/daring Democrats?

Meanwhile, Senator Kamala Harris grilled the hell out of Brett Kavanaugh trying to tease out a conflict of interests regarding the Mueller investigation, or whether Kavanaugh spoke with anyone from the law firm of Trump’s personal attorney. Kavanaugh bumbled the hell out of his answers.

Public support for Kavanaugh is weak, but it remains to be seen if any of this will matter. It’s clear, however, that Kavanaugh is taking a bigger beating than most might have expected, thanks mostly to Harris, Booker, and Hirono.

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