Democrat Senator Cory Booker has paraded around the last two days of the Senate Judiciary Committee as a man seemingly above the law.
Booker read some from “committee confidential” emails on Wednesday afternoon’s confirmation hearing for the United States Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Then, on Thursday, he threatened to release more emails and more information which was deemed too sensitive to release.
Booker said he was adopting the symbolism of “Spartacus” and said he is following in the footsteps of those who used civil disobedience to promote worthy causes. It was later found out the documents he threatened to release were already made public and were available for anyone to see.
Jonah Goldberg from the National Review called the New Jersey Democrat’s actions and outrage “proud-yet-fake defiance of Senate norms and rules, the preening, and the bro-bravado.”
Here’s more on Booker, from Western Journal:
However, for the sake of Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing, many documents were made available to Judiciary Committee members to further inform their vote, with the caveat they not be made public without first being cleared through Bush’s records representative.
With dramatic flair, Booker announced he would not follow the committee rules regarding confidential documents and would be releasing some of them to the public, calling it his “I am Spartacus moment.” Spartacus led several slaves in an uprising against their Roman rulers.
Majority Whip John Cornyn, who is also on the Judiciary Committee, immediately voiced disapproval for Booker’s antics.
“This is no different from the senator deciding to release classified information,” the Texas Senator said.
“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 the determination of confidentiality and classification,” he continued. “Running for president is not an excuse for violating the rules of the Senate.”
Booker replied to Cornyn with two threatening words: “Bring it.” The Democrat also said he would be willing to accept any penalty brought on from Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell.
It looks like McConnell just might do that as he gave an ambiguous answer about a potential Ethics Committee investigation.
From the Washington Examiner:
McConnell, R-Ky., told Hugh Hewitt “it wouldn’t surprise me,” if the Senate Select Committee on Ethics examines whether Booker, D-N.J., broke the rules by releasing documents from Kavanaugh’s time working for former President George W. Bush.
The documents were marked “committee confidential” by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa.
Booker announced Thursday he was releasing the documents because they related to Kavanaugh’s views on racial profiling.
“Let me just say this,” McConnell said, when Hewitt asked him about Booker’s actions. “When you break the Senate rules, it’s something the Ethics Committee could take a look at. And that would be up to them to decide. But it’s routinely looked at [by] the Ethics Committee.”
Booker is not helping his case as he released an additional 19 documents marked “committee confidential” on Friday evening.