Published: Fri, September 07, 2018
Science | By Patricia Jimenez

Cory Booker Says He’ll Violate Senate Rules to Release Kavanaugh Email

Cory Booker Says He’ll Violate Senate Rules to Release Kavanaugh Email

A dispute over documents relating to abortion, race and other issues dating to the prior White House service of Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick, spilled over into the nominee's contentious Senate confirmation hearing on Thursday, as previously withheld papers were made public.

She said there is "no process for 'committee confidential, '" and Democrats were not part of the decision-making regarding making certain documents public.

Democrats have been pressing Kavanaugh for his views on abortion rights, gun control and other issues. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyDems switch tactics on second day of hearings Washington's facade of civility was buried with McCain Democrats force Senate to adjourn to protest Kavanaugh MORE (R-Iowa) said earlier Thursday.

Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas called Booker's action "irresponsible and conduct unbecoming a senator". "This is what happens in a free country when people can stand up and speak and not be jailed, imprisoned, tortured and killed because of it", Democratic Senator Dick Durbin said. I concur with what you are doing.

Senator Booker went through with his threat and released 12 pages of emails.

The email exchange dates to 2002, shortly after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, when Kavanaugh served as an associate to White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales.

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They continued as the Senate Judiciary Committee pressed Kavanaugh on abortion rights and assault weapons.

Kavanaugh said Thursday he was not talking about his views but what legal scholars might say.

In a 2002 email, Kavanaugh writes that security procedures adopted in the wake of the September 11 attacks should ultimately be race-neutral, though he acknowledged that developing such procedures could take time. Orrin Hatch of Utah, Kavanaugh said the same, that he was noting "what legal scholars might say" and offered his comment on the proposed article because he's "always concerned with accuracy". In the email, Booker says there's evidence Kavanaugh, when he was an aide to President George W. Bush, suggested it was appropriate to racially profile people to blunt post-911 terrorism.

Kavanaugh began the tumultuous process on Tuesday, spending most of the time listening to the various members of the Senate Judiciary Committee give their own statements. But because it had been deemed "committee confidential" after a review, Booker was not allowed to refer to it or ask Kavanaugh questions about it. Committee chairman Sen.

Kavanaugh had sidestepped questions from Booker on Wednesday night about the circumstances in which government can and cannot use race-conscious measures to address past discrimination.

Pressured by Democrats with Trump on their minds during Wednesday's gruelling session, the judge insisted that he fully embraced the importance of judicial independence.

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"Have you had any conversation about Robert Mueller or his investigation with anyone at that firm?"

Manchin also took a shot at Republicans for refusing to even meet with then-President Barack Obama's Supreme Court choice, Merrick Garland - and at some of his Democratic colleagues for announcing their opposition to Kavanaugh before he was nominated. Harris had asked Kavanaugh if he discussed the Mueller investigation with someone at the law firm founded by the president's personal lawyer, Marc Kasowitz.

"I don't really understand their level of outrage when they had already made clear they were going to vote against any nominee that the President put forward", Collins told CNN, echoing Republican criticism of their Democratic counterparts.

The questioning of Kavanaugh has carried strong political overtones ahead of the November congressional elections.

As the hearing paused for a lunch break, Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter Jaime was killed in the Parkland, Florida high school mass shooting in February, tried to talk to Kavanaugh but the nominee turned away.

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