Cory Booker Releases Racial Profiling Information on Brett Kavanaugh

Cory Booker

Cory Booker Releases Racial Profiling Information on Brett Kavanaugh

The Judiciary Committee is likely to vote on confirmation on September 20, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is aiming for a full Senate vote before the court begins its new term on October 1. 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.

In 1999, Kavanaugh wrote an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal, titled "Are Hawaiians Indians?"

Booker focused on a document he said described Kavanaugh's views as a White House aide under former President George W. Bush on the use of "racial profiling" in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States that the senator said had been blocked from public release by committee Republicans. And I hope the senator will reconsider his decision because no senator deserves to sit on this committee or serve in the Senate in my view if they decide to be a law unto themselves and willingly flout the rules of the Senate and determinations of confidentiality and classification. The document is partially black out.

"It's objectively unprecedented for the Senate to be provided such a small fraction of the documents related to a Supreme Court nominee's past work, as in the case of Judge Brett Kavanaugh".

Pressed further by Republican Sen.

Kavanaugh denied Thursday during his confirmation hearing that he made such a suggestion, saying that he was not discussing his views, but rather "what legal scholars might say". He said he offered the comments because he's "always concerned with accuracy".

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A 2002 email shows Kavanaugh, then working for Bush, proposing a controversial, anti-Roe v. Wade judge for a federal court.

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

Booker claimed the determination process was tainted with partisan bias and was hiding important information from the public. "That is irresponsible and conduct unbecoming a senator", he said.

Booker aligned with other Senate Democrats last month in demanding a release of 141,000 documents that had been marked committee confidential, his office said in a statement.

"My process was fair", he declared as he opened the session. Republicans on the committee showed no qualms with any discrepancy between what Kavanaugh wrote then and has said now.

"Senate Republicans are doing everything they can to distract from their sham process to rush through a Supreme Court justice who will overturn Roe v. Wade, demolish the Affordable Care Act, and protect President Trump from being investigated", said Kristin Lynch, Booker's spokesperson.

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Trump says he's pleased with his nominee's performance, and Republicans are united behind him.

Sen. Kamala Harris of California asked Kavanaugh late Wednesday if he had spoken about the Russian Federation investigation with anyone at the law firm founded by Marc Kasowitz, who has represented Trump. The firm in question was founded by Marc Kasowitz, who has represented Trump. He went on to say, "This is about the closest I'll ever come in my life to an "I am Spartacus" moment".

"You've been speaking for nearly eight hours to this committee about all sorts of things you remember", Harris said.

Protesters periodically interrupted the hearing.

Kavanaugh was also non-committal when asked about a President's pardon power and also asked about hot-button issues like abortion and gun control. "There's no hecklers' veto", he said.

Throughout his testimony, Kavanaugh has repeatedly insisted he fully embraces the importance of judicial independence.

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