Cory Booker releases confidential documents, GOP warns of consequences

President Donald Trump speaks with Brett Kavanaugh and family

President Donald Trump speaks with Brett Kavanaugh and family

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh repeatedly stressed the importance of judicial independence as he faced questioning at his confirmation hearing Wednesday from senators, including Democrats who fear he would be President Donald Trump's man on the high court.

Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J. called the process "a bit of a sham".

Here's why he did so - and what's likely to happen as a result.

At issue are documents provided to the committee before the hearing process began.

When Booker released the documents, he declared, "I'm knowingly violating the rules".

The whole set of documents can be found below. 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.

The emails within the documents show Kavanaugh identifying himself and a colleague as those who "generally favor effective security measures that are race-neutral".

He explicitly criticized the withholding of the profiling document.

A Booker spokesperson said that he and Democrats were able " to shame the committee into agreeing to make last night's documents publicly available". GOP challengers hit Dems over tax votes McCain's former chief of staff considering Senate bid as Democrat Liberals should stop "whining" about Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing, says Buck Sexton MORE (D-N.Y.) at the time said Democrats were protesting Republicans' handling of Kavanaugh's nomination, which Democrats argue is being rushed through. "So, if the two-hour rule is invoked nobody on this committee is going to have an opportunity to do what they want to do today", Sen. "All of us are ready to face that rule".

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'I'm always concerned about accuracy, and I thought it was not an accurate description of all legal scholars, ' he said.

"Senator Cornyn made a very good point".

McConnell didn't give any guidance when he made the move about why he was making the request or when the Senate would come back into session. John Cornyn, R-Texas, that he could be expelled from the Senate if he released documents marked "confidential" to the Senate Judiciary Committee. "Booker has done - every network in the country would be leading with his political humiliation", Barron said. "That is irresponsible and conduct unbecoming a senator", he said.

Top Republicans mocked and denounced Booker for a possible violation of Senate rules. Since Republicans don't have a 2/3 majority, it's unlikely that Booker will be ousted for his actions.

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, welcomed their resistance on Twitter.

"Let's jump into this pit together", Durbin said. One by one, Democrats, including Kamala Harris of California, Cory Booker of New Jersey and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, all potential presidential contenders, demanded that Republicans delay the hearing.

"The public has a right to access documents about a Supreme Court nominee's views on issues that are profoundly important, such as race and the law", he continued.

Much of this is political melodrama, certainly. Those were for more traditional offenses: fraud, corruption, abuse of power. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn), and others expressed their support for Booker.

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