Cory Booker releases confidential documents on Kavanaugh

Jan Cross
September 7, 2018

Asked the question again Thursday by Republican Sen. The chain is one of numerous hundreds of thousands of documents from Kavanaugh's time as White House staff secretary that were categorized as "committee confidential" by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA), meaning committee members may review them but they are not to be released to the public. Republicans hope Kavanaugh will be confirmed by the Senate before the next Supreme Court term starts on October 1. The document is partially redacted.

Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats took their protest over the rushed confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh to the next level by leaking to the media documents placed off-the-record by the Executive branch or Committee Republicans, who threatened retaliation.

A digest of the top political stories from the Globe, sent to your inbox Monday-Friday. "I concur with what you're doing", he said.

The following day, Booker zeroed in on racial injustice in his questioning of Kavanaugh, including pressing him on an email about racial profiling, which is the note that had been marked committee confidential that Booker broke the rule to release Thursday morning.

A number of Democrats on the committee then stepped forward to say they would also share any consequences suffered by Booker for releasing Kavanaugh's emails. In what nearly seemed like a celebration, Kavanaugh's two daughters returned to the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing room for the final hours of testimony, accompanied by teammates on Catholic school basketball teams their father has coached.

Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) led Kavanaugh through a cat-and-mouse-like game of questioning about whether the judge had any conversation with anyone who worked at Trump's lawyers' firm about special counsel Robert S. Mueller III. The firm in question was founded by Marc Kasowitz, who has represented Trump.

During a marathon session on Wednesday, Kavanaugh avoided answering questions about the scope of presidential power including whether a president can pardon himself.

The left has questioned Kavanaugh's views on abortion and whether he'd protect a woman's right to choose as part of their campaign to block his nomination to the highest court. Protesters have added to the challenges for the hearing, repeatedly interrupting proceedings. He refused to say that the case legalizing abortion was correctly decided, even as he went out of his way to say other decades-old cases, like the 1970s presidential powers case in USA v. Nixon, were correct. Still, he began his long day in the witness chair by declaring that "no one is above the law".

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Booker pushed back, blaming the process of having a private lawyer and former colleague of Kavanaugh, Bill Burck, vet the documents as the problem. The 53-year-old appellate judge answered cautiously when asked about most of those matters, refusing an invitation from Democratic Sen.

Kavanaugh was referring to justices at that time - meaning in 2003. Kavanaugh would have denied her immediate access to an abortion, even after she received permission from a Texas judge. It's the courthouse in the District of Columbia. When asked if he would harbor any loyalty to Trump since he nominated him, or if he would rule against him, Kavanaugh said his allegiance as a judge was to the constitution.

"It was a gut punch for me, " he said, and he was "shocked, disappointed, angry".

Hawaii Senator Mazie Hirono also released emails related to Kavanaugh's views on Native Hawaiian programs.

On Wednesday night, Booker questioned Kavanaugh about racial equality and the treatment of minorities, including laws that allow race to be considered in university admissions. Democrats had objected to an earlier decision by the Senate Judiciary Committee's Republican leadership not to make the emails public. John Kyle to fill the late Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, to release of some of the Bush-era documents.

"That is irresponsible and conduct unbecoming a senator", Cornyn told Booker and the rest of the committee.

He made a big show of the act, calling it his "I am Spartacus" moment, but one of the documents actually revealed a very positive fact about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh - his opposition to using racial profiling in airport security following the 9/11 attacks.

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