Cory Booker’s ‘I am Spartacus’ Act of Defiance in Kavanaugh SCOTUS Hearing

Read documents leaked to the public by Cory Booker. Each document cache, marked ‘Booker Confidential’ and numbered in sequence, contains multiple documents, emails. They have been viewed on the Scribd format millions of times. And Booker is still releasing Kavanaugh’s papers, the last 10-doc collection (Booker Confidential 5) coming 10 minutes ago. You can watch the Senate Judiciary Kavanaugh hearing live – here.

Booker Confidential 1 – (12 pages)
Booker Confidential 2 – (4 pages)
Booker Confidential 3 – (5 pages)
Booker Confidential 4 – (11 pages)
Booker Confidential 5 – (22 pages)
UPDATE: Booker Confidential 6 – (4 pages)


Today, Cory Booker leaked dozens of pages of documents related to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s years as a Republican insider in Washington, documents that were not cleared for public release. Included are emails that may shed light on Kavanaugh’s position on whether Roe v. Wade is settled law, and his opinions about racial profiling and affirmative action. Among emails Booker released, Kavanaugh is seen referring to some affirmative action policies as “naked racial set-aside.” Booker, new to Senate Judiciary and in his first SCOTUS hearing and a likely 2020 presidential candidate, said he took the action as “an act of civil disobedience”. That put him in the line of fire of veteran Republican senator John Cornyn of Texas, who accused Booker of “conduct unbecoming a senator.” Cornyn then read aloud the rules that appeared to suggest Booker could be dismissed from the Senate.

Booker’s response: “Bring it.” daring Republicans to charge him; senators Maizie Hirono (D-HI) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined him, saying if Booker faced charges, they would face them too. It didn’t take media long to call Booker’s defiance his I am Spartacus” moment.

Booker accused Republicans of hiding behind a false claim of national security and privacy to avoid disclosing important documents to the public. Booker: “I am going to release the email about racial profiling, and I understand that the penalty comes with potential ousting from the Senate, and Sen. Cornyn believes I violated Senate rules, I openly invite and accept the consequences of my team releasing that email right now.”

Republican efforts to ram through Kavanaugh’s confirmation before the nominee’s long paper trail can be digested by senators or the issues they raise made known to the public have made for a contentious 3-day hearing, televised live, and with dozens of protesters occupying seats in the hearing room and calling out to stop the proceedings for the very reasons the Democrats have been saying. Democratic members object to their lack of access to critical documents in Kavanaugh’s years in government work – with tens of thousands of documents in contention; documents denied the senators, and a 42,000-page document dump that came the night before Day 1 of the hearings, and still more documents – marked ’Committee Confidentil’ that were made available to Judiciary members but forbidden to be seen by the public.

Until today.

 

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