Cory Booker Releases Confidential Emails…or did He?

Sen Cory Booker risked being removed from the Senate when he released 12 emails marked “Committee Confidential.” His release sparked a heated debate at the Kavanaugh Hearing, especially after he demanded Kavanaugh answer questions from emails he couldn’t see. Fox reported that when he was threatened with being thrown out of the Senate, he responded “Bring it.” Then he likened himself to “Spartacus.” Give us a break.

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Cory Booker — Screengrab: Vimeo

One problem: according to The Hill, the emails were part of a large amount of documents already marked to be released. In other words, Booker was “grandstanding.” The “moral high ground, huh? Not really.

The Hill reported,

Shortly after Booker released the documents, Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley’s (R-Iowa) staff released a bulk of new emails, previously marked “committee confidential,” that had been cleared for public release. Booker’s emails were included in the document tranche.

Booker’s announcement immediately sparked a rhetorical firefight between Judiciary Committee members, with both sides accusing the other of bad behavior.

Democrats on the committee argued that the process wasn’t fair. Democrats have taken issue with Bill Burck, Bush’s lawyer, being able to sort through the documents. Burck is a former GOP staffer and colleague of Kavanaugh’s.

“I have not made a big fight about this … but again, lest silence imply consent, I think that rule is as ineffectual as if the chair had unilaterally repealed the law of gravity,” Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) said. “It simply isn’t so. I haven’t agreed to this rule. I haven’t voted on this rule.”

In spite of the verbal jousting match during the Senate Hearing, it is unlikely to cause Booker’s removal, since his releases were already marked for public release. But the entire episode was meant to give Democrats a drama they hope to use for the elections. Pretending to be big moral pillars in a show of unity against the big bad Trump administration.

Not to mention the emails themselves had no damaging information in them. In spite of Democrat whining, the subject lines of the emails were not the content of the emails.

“Running for president is no excuse for violating the rules of the Senate. I’d encourage our colleagues to avoid the temptation to either violate the Senate rules or to treat the witness unfairly.” Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas)

H/T Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children

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