Cory Booker Releases "Committee Confidential" Documents During Kavanaugh Hearing
WASHINGTON, DC – September 7, 2018
In defiance of the rules of the Senate and in protest of the confirmation process of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, New Jersey Democrat, Sen. Cory Booker on Thursday released documents pertaining to Kavanaugh's record deemed "confidential" by the Senate Judiciary Committee. Booker made the threat to release the documents on day three of Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing, risking his ouster from the Senate.
Sen. John Cornyn of Texas warned Booker that there is a rule that “any Senator of employee of the Senate who shall disclose the secret or confidential business or proceedings of the Senate, including the business of the committees, subcommittees and offices of the Senate, shall be liable if a Senator - to suffer expulsion from the body.” So Cory Booker and other Democrats risked being expelled from the Senate,
"Running for president is no excuse for violating the rules of the Senate or of confidentiality of the documents that we are privy to," Cornyn said, referencing the popular assumption that Booker is eyeing a 2020 White House bid.
Booker's fellow Democrats on the committee quickly expressed support. Sens. Dick Durbin and Mazie Hirono joined in on Booker's plea, declaring, "Count me in," and decrying the hearing process as having "broken down." They all said they'd accept punishment for the release of separate classified documents.
"I come from a long line, as all of us do, of Americans that understand what that kind of civil disobedience is and I understand the consequences," Booker said. "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."
"If Senator Cornyn believes I violate Senate rules, I openly invite and accept the consequences of my team releasing that email right now," he added, later saying "bring the charges."
Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein then read aloud another of the unreleased documents — a Kavanaugh email discussing the Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion nationwide.
In that email, first disclosed by The New York Times earlier in the day, Kavanaugh proposed an edit to an op-ed about Roe v. Wade where he commented that he was "not sure that all legal scholars refer to Roe as the settled law of the land at the Supreme Court level since Court can always overrule its precedent."
So, what's really going on? Why did the senators decide to break their own rules? We believe that
Sen. Cory Booker did this not only because of his personal beliefs, although this is certainly the case, but above all for the sake of fulfilling the will of the political forces behind him. Of course now in public he says that he "sincerely believes the public deserves to know this nominee's record" and that he is ready to sacrifice himself for the truth and other pathetic nonsense. Somehow he never particularly was caught in an unexpected pang of conscience and willingness to sacrifice.
But now it has blowed up despite the threat of being expelled from the Senate. Why do you think that is? Because the current power structure is clan-based in nature. In fact, it is not much different from the structure of the middle ages. Real politics is a compromise between the interests of elite groups. So it was in the middle ages, so it is now. Now there is a war between these groups. The forces that have been in power for almost 40 years are rapidly losing their positions. The battle for Supreme Court appointments is one of the most important battles on this front. Supreme Court judges are appointed for life. Early odds were on the side of the liberals, who were able to push through important decisions on abortion, health care, gay marriage and other issues. Now, if Trump dragged to Court conservatives, the entire agenda can greatly tilt in the direction of conservatism for years to come regardless of whether Trump holds on to power or not. But we have already written about this in more detail.
So, back to Cory Booker, the liberal forces, for the most part, are Democrats, although not necessarily, understand that they are losing this battle. They are constantly trying to fix Trumps’ wagon. They arrange paid protests, they will throw several thousand pages of documents 1 day before the hearing, with which it is impossible to get acquainted for the available period. But so far, it seems, unsuccessfully. In this case they entered with the heavy artillery by Cory Booker’s self-destructive revelations. Did he do it on his own initiative? Doubt it. He's ready to sacrifice his political career only because he’ve got the instructions from the leaders of his clan. Although it is doubtful that he did so unselfishly. Public political suicides are usually well paid. In addition, he certainly risks, but not very much. There is a possibility that he will be expelled from the Senate, but it is very small. According to the U.S Senate, since 1789 the body has expelled 15 members. Of that 15, 14 were charged with supporting the Confederacy during the Civil War — a vastly different charge than what Booker faces. Moreover later Thursday, outside the hearing room, Sen. Booker told reporters he doesn't expect the Texas Republican to pursue charges.
The hearing continues. It looks like the artillery failed to hit the target, and that new tricks are on the way. We follow the developments and Booker 's career, of course.