During Judge Kavanaugh Supreme Court hearing before Congress, Corey Booker, Democrat from New Jersey took to the floor and proclaimed that in an act of “civil disobedience” he was going to release documents that were marked confidential.
“I am going to release the e-mail about racial profiling and I understand that the penalty comes with potential ousting from the Senate,” Booker said. “I openly invite and accept the consequences of my team releasing that email right now,”
“This is about the closest I’ll probably ever have in my life to an ‘I Am Spartacus’ moment,” he added.
The problem with his outburst is that he was factually inaccurate about the documents as the material in question had been cleared the night before at the request of the Senators staff.
Bill Burk, a lawyer who over saw the process of providing the documents is quoted as saying, “We were surprised to learn about Senator Booker’s histrionics this morning because we had already told him he could use the documents publicly. In fact, we have said yes to every request made by the Senate Democrats to make documents public,”
Another issue of these emails entitled “racial profiling” is if Senator Booker had read the emails. The email chain can be viewed here. The email chain outlines how Kavanaugh would follow the law, and not view race as an issue.
What would be the purpose of Booker using an idiom phrase? Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said “Booker’s possible 2020 presidential aspirations were his motivation for releasing the document, adding that no senator deserved to sit on the committee if they wanted to be a law unto themselves.” Prompting speculations that he knew what he was doing was not illegal, but by claiming it was he could demonstrate that he was sticking his head out for his party.