Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey has ignited a democratic revolt against Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
In the early moments of the Kavanaugh hearing, Booker voiced concern with the Republicans refusal to release crucial emails that may reveal racial profiling on Kavanaugh's part.
The Washington Post reports Democratic senators have challenged Kavanaugh's record from his time in the Bush White House. It was the term “naked racial set-aside” that drew the most contention.
Booker asked the nominee Wednesday about the phrase and threaten to release confidential records pertaining to the term and its usage.
BREAKING: @SenBooker has announced that he is willingly violating the Committee Confidential rule and releasing the “racial profiling” email. “I recognize it comes w the penalty of expulsion from the Senate.” pic.twitter.com/50v1Oj2uMQ— Sherrilyn Ifill (@Sifill_LDF) September 6, 2018
Despite expulsion from the Senate, the New Jersey senator is willing to defy Senate rules and to get to the bottom of the issue.
“I openly invite and accept the consequences of releasing that email right now,” Booker said. “The emails being withheld from the public have nothing to do with national security.”
Within an hour, other senators followed suit. Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Tex.) dismissed Booker's pursuit as political antics and recited the rules in question. He said "secret or confidential business” of the Senate could be “liable ... to suffer expulsion.”
Booker responded with “Bring the charges.” Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) also demanded to be punished if Booker was too: “Apply the rule, bring the charges. All of us are ready to face that rule.”
“This is about the closest I’ll ever have in my life to an ‘I am Spartacus’ moment,” Booker said.
Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) was the third person to call for charges: “If there’s going to be some retribution against the senator from New Jersey, count me in.”
Shortly after the session, Booker and Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) released 12 pages worth of emails online for the public, reports HuffPost.
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