Sen. Cory Booker’s overt grandstanding during Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing took a bizarre turn Thursday, with DOJ officials confirming they cleared his “leaked email” ahead of his public demonstration.
“I am going to release the e-mail about racial profiling and I understand that the penalty comes with potential ousting from the Senate,” said Booker. “If Sen. Cornyn believes that I’ve violated Senate rules then I openly invite and accept the consequences.”
.@CoryBooker: “I sincerely believe that the public deserves to know this nominee’s record.” https://t.co/akz4tCODv8 pic.twitter.com/c11xp199N0
— Fox News (@FoxNews) September 6, 2018
Despite Booker’s claims of “civil disobedience,” the emails were cleared for release by the Department of Justice and the George W. Bush Presidential Library hours before his statement.
“The irony is after Senator Booker said basically he was going to release the document anyway… it had already been worked out that this was going to be then released to the public,” Sen. Cornyn said.
“Apparently, some just wanted to break the rules and make a scene, but didn’t check their email,” a spokesman for committee Republicans said in a statement.
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BOOKER EXPLODES: Cory Violates Senate Rules, LEAKS KAVANAUGH Email, Invites ‘Consequences’
Sen. Cory Booker openly defied Senate rules during Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing this week; announcing his plan to intentionally leak a prior email exchange from his time as a lawyer for President George W. Bush.
Booker exploded during Kavanaugh’s confirmation process over an email surrounding “racial profiling,” saying his office will publicly leak the message knowing it could result from a “potential ousting from the Senate.”
Cory Booker dares Senate to expel him for releasing confidential documents, knowingly violating the rules https://t.co/rHkzhpjljf pic.twitter.com/aTIH2YZ6i5
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) September 6, 2018
“When this process is finished I’m going to release the email about racial profiling. I understand that the penalty comes with potential ousting from the Senate,” said Booker.
“If Sen. Cornyn believes that I’ve violated Senate rules then I openly invite and accept the consequences,” he added.
BOOKER BACKLASH: RNC Chair RIPS ‘Pathetic’ Cory Over Kavanaugh Hearings
Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel unloaded on Sen. Cory Booker Tuesday, slamming the New Jersey legislator for using “crocodile tears” to fundraise off President Trump’s pick to join the Supreme Court.
McDaniel blasted Booker hours after Brett Kavanaugh arrived at the US Capitol to kick-start his Senate confirmation process; saying the left-wing lawmaker was using the public hearings to raise funds for his campaign.
“Cory Booker is using his crocodile tears as a ploy to raise money. It’s pathetic,” she tweeted.
Cory Booker is using his crocodile tears as a ploy to raise money. It’s pathetic.https://t.co/gIeUBAzHj6
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) September 4, 2018
Booker and his fellow liberal Senators dragged their feet during the opening hours of Kavanaugh’s hearings Tuesday; urging Chair Chuck Grassley to postpone the proceedings until they had more time to review the nominee’s court records.