Democratic Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey released confidential documents related to President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
The confidential documents deal with Kavanaugh’s views on the landmark Affirmative Action case Adarand Constructors, Inc. v. Peña, and his views on racial profiling.
Booker called the confirmation process a “sham” and said the documents never should have been marked “Committee Confidential.”
Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas threatened to expel Booker for violating Senate rules, but Booker welcomed the threat and dared Cornyn to expel him:
This is about the closest I will probably have to an “I am Sparticus” moment. There are very serious charges made against me by my colleague from Texas. I don’t know if they were political bluster or sincere feelings.
If what he said was sincere, there actually are Senate rules governing the behavior of senators. If he feels that I, and now my fellow colleagues who are with me, have violated those rules, if he is not a tempest in a tea pot but believes that, then bring the charges.
If somebody is going to land those charges, I hope they will follow through with me and Senator Durbin, Senator Coons, Senator Whitehouse, Senator Hirono, Senator Blumenthal, now Senator Feinstein.
I hope they will bring charges against us. I’m ready to accept the full responsibility for what I have done, the consequences for what I have done.
I stand by the public’s right to have access to this document and know this nominee’s views on issues that are so profoundly important, like race and the law, torture and other issues.
(Source: CNN via YouTube)