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Cory Booker Releases Confidential Kavanaugh Documents, Risking Senate Expulsion Over Racial Profiling Emails
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=33745"><span class="small">Kira Lerner, ThinkProgress</span></a>   
Thursday, 06 September 2018 12:59

Lerner writes: "Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) violated Senate rules and risked expulsion Thursday when he released committee confidential documents relating to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and racial profiling, claiming that the documents the GOP is keeping from the public 'have nothing to do with national security.'"

Cory Booker objects to the start of Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh's Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing, September 4, 2018. (photo: Jim Bourg/Reuters)
Cory Booker objects to the start of Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh's Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing, September 4, 2018. (photo: Jim Bourg/Reuters)


Cory Booker Releases Confidential Kavanaugh Documents, Risking Senate Expulsion Over Racial Profiling Emails

By Kira Lerner, ThinkProgress

06 September 18


"Bring it," Booker said to Republicans.

en. Cory Booker (D-NJ) violated Senate rules and risked expulsion Thursday when he released committee confidential documents relating to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and racial profiling, claiming that the documents the GOP is keeping from the public “have nothing to do with national security.”

As the third day of the hearing kicked off Thursday, Booker said he would be releasing an email the GOP marked as confidential from Kavanaugh’s time as George W. Bush’s White House attorney that Booker said shows the nominee saying he is at least open to racial profiling by police. Booker claimed he would violate the committee chair’s rules and release the document, even if it means he’d be ejected from the Senate.

After Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) read the Senate rules on the release of confidential documents, Booker turned to him and said: “Bring it.

Less than an hour later, Booker posted the four documents in question online.

The release came after a lengthy back-and-forth between Booker and Republican senators about Senate rules and confidential documents. The document in question is marked “committee confidential,” but is not officially classified, so Booker said he would not be violating Senate law if he were to release it to the public.

“The fact that there’s nothing in that document that’s personal information, there’s nothing national security-related, the fact that it was labeled as committee confidential exposes that this process, sir, is a bit of a sham,” Booker told committee chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA).

By marking the documents as “committee confidential,” Republicans are ensuring that the public cannot see them and Democrats cannot ask Kavanaugh about them during the hearing.

“I’m actually flabbergasted that so many of these things are not controversial whatsoever, but bring up pertinent issues that we should have the time to digest and to ask the candidate about,” Booker said.

He later said he understands he would be violating Grassley’s committee rules if he were to release the confidential document.

“I knowingly violated the rules that were put forth, and I’m told that the committee confidential rules have knowing consequences,” he said. “And so sir, I come from a long line, as all of us do as Americans, and I understand what that kind of civil disobedience is and I understand the consequences. So I am right now, before your process is finished, I am going to release the email about racial profiling. And I understand that the penalty comes with potential ousting from the Senate.”

Senate Republicans repeatedly interjected, calling Booker out for repeating his point and for threatening to break the rules.

“Running for president is no excuse for violating the rules of the Senate,” Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) told Booker, who is widely considered a likely 2020 presidential candidate.

Booker has made Kavanuagh’s views on race a central part of his questioning during the hearing. On Wednesday, he called out Kavanaugh’s belief that racial discrimination in America would be over by 2019 when the nominee said the country would have “one race.” He also asked Kavanaugh if he believes, like former Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, that government cannot use race as a factor to remedy past discrimination. Kavanaugh would not answer the question.


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-1 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-09-06 17:26
I applaud Booker for releasing these and not backing down to bullying by republicans. I think more documents in all areas of government should be releases. The DOJ and FBI are withholding a shitload of crucial documents which, if released, would put the Mueller investigation to bed once and for all.

I read the documents Booker released and I remember the discussion of "race neutral" government policies from the early 2000s. It was the preview to the Obama-era "post-racial society." White supremacist and their collaborators like Obama have been dreaming that there would be just one race someday and it would be white. All other races would assimilate to the white race.

The Bush presidency did pretty much eliminate race as a factor in college admissions, employment rules, and other things. It appears from the Kavanaugh memos that Bush admin people are trying to figure out how to name a program to eliminate consideration of race in federal regulations.
 
 
0 # Jim at Dr.Democracy on Facebook 2018-09-08 10:13
RR, not sure what you're referring to when you claim that "The Bush presidency did pretty much eliminate...." No such thing happened. Our universities are still able to provide admissions preferences to underprivileged minority students "as part of a highly individualized, holistic review," as it should be. Be sure NOT to believe anything from the Heritage Foundation on this point.

What's changed is that many states have cut their investment in education so deeply that universities almost never reach the level of enrollments they would like to have. Many US states have shifted huge amounts of their tax receipts away from public education and toward corporate welfare. THAT is the biggest change in the US with respect to admissions and it has forced rapid increases in tuition costs.

The increasing DISinvestment in public education--desp ite tax increases--has continued since this 2012 overview was published: https://www.acenet.edu/the-presidency/columns-and-features/Pages/state-funding-a-race-to-the-bottom.aspx
 
 
-4 # lnason@umassd.edu 2018-09-07 06:48
Booker had been notified several hours BEFORE the hearing that the documents in question had been cleared for release. This was a bit of legerdemain and (probable) fibbing by a presidential hopeful. Nothing he did violated any rules or was risky in the least.

Lee Nason
New Bedford, Massachusetts
 
 
+3 # btraven 2018-09-07 10:01
Finally one Democrat has done more than than bloviate. Kudos to Booker for for laying his body on the line. He has gone way up in my estimation.
 
 
+1 # Robbee 2018-09-07 10:05
Cory Booker Releases Confidential Kavanaugh Documents, Risking Senate Expulsion Over Racial Profiling Emails, 06 September 18

O U T S T A N D I N G !
 
 
+4 # slkayne 2018-09-07 11:00
Why is the headline of this piece NOT "Supreme Court nominee is open to racial profiling"??? Why, in fact, is that NOT the focus of the entire piece? Booker is not the bad guy here -- Kavanaugh is. But he's the black guy, so he's got to be cast as the villain in this piece. Amazing.
 
 
+1 # lfeuille 2018-09-07 20:39
Actually, he is the hero of the piece.