Republican Congressman Trey Gowdy described the actions of Senator Cory Booker yesterday as shameful and said Booker himself is far from the lawmaker he once saw as rational and coherent.
The comments come amid the fallout of Booker’s self-enamored, faked heroic stunt he pulled during Thursday’s confirmation hearing of the United States Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The South Carolina Representative said the whole Senate Judiciary Committee missed a “wonderful opportunity” to bring an intellectual debate before Kavanaugh to test his judicial philosophy.
The stunt Booker pulled, Gowdy said, shows “what ambition and presidential politics can do to otherwise reasonable people.”
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Rep. Trey Gowdy slammed grandstanding by Democrats whom he felt used Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings to position themselves for 2020 politics.
Kavanaugh faced intense scrutiny by Democrats in another day of questioning before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, getting grilled by potential 2020 contenders like California Sen. Kamala Harris and Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey.
Gowdy was especially disappointed in Booker’s antics who compared himself to “Spartacus” as he threatened to release confidential documents and challenged the Committee to penalize him.
Gowdy said, “That’s not the Cory Booker that I know, that I watched on television. That is not the Cory Booker that I discuss criminal justice reform with. That is someone that is trying to position himself as the front-runner, so he can take on Donald Trump.”
On Thursday morning, Booker stood among his colleagues and said he would be releasing to the American people emails and documents allegedly marked “committee confidential” and would be willing to accept any charges and penalties.
The stunt certainly sounded heroic, until people began to look closer at the facts and not just at the words Booker was spouting. It was later found out that the documents were already released to the public so the only thing Booker admitted was that he was willing to break the law to score political points.
Here’s more on Booker’s stunt, from the Washington Examiner:
Feigning bravery, Booker was eager to inform the world on Thursday morning that he had “knowingly violated the rules” by releasing a chain of emails from Judge Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearings. “This is about the closest I’ll ever have in my life to an ‘I am Spartacus’ moment,” Booker boasted.
But as the day went on, it started to look more and more as though the documents had been cleared for release before the senator’s theatrical reveal. And he knew it.
After Bill Burck, an attorney overseeing the review of Kavanaugh’s records, went on the record with a statement saying Booker had been informed the documents were cleared for release, reports emerged to confirm that account. As the Washington Post reported, “Booker’s office responded [to Burke] by criticizing the process — while acknowledging Burck’s point about the documents.”
“Democrats knew full well that the documents that Booker and [Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii] released this morning were no longer confidential, according to D+R lawmakers and aides,” the Wall Street Journal’s Byron Tau reported.
Political posturing at its finest.
Similar to Gowdy, Governor Mike Huckabee said the actions of Booker and others were for campaign purposes and were not a serious contention of Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
“What Cory Booker did yesterday was he embarrassed himself,” Huckabee said on Fox News. “He thought he was Spartacus, it was more of a scene from Psycho.”
“This kind of stuff is all about fundraising and running for president, it’s not about responsible governing,” he continued. “I wish that they would stop, stand back, and realize that if they want to have a great, blue wave the best way to do it is to act like adults and act responsibly, but they’re not.”
— Fox News (@FoxNews) September 7, 2018