There was a spectacular showdown on the floor of the Senate on Thursday morning — but it wasn’t quite as Thespian as Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., made it seem.
On the third day of raucous hearings for Leading Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Booker, widely believed to be a doable presidential contender in 2020, threatened to release documents related to Kavanaugh’s on occasion in the George W. Bush White House that he said were “board confidential.”
“I understand that the penalty comes with potential ousting from the Senate,” Soft-cover said, noting that he was “knowingly violating the rules.”
Later Thursday, Regulation said that the release was the “closest I’ll probably ever have in my flavour to an ‘I am Spartacus’ moment.”
In a message posted to Twitter, Booker wrote that “No question how big the fight/ Or inevitable the conclusion seems/ Stand up./ Speak up./ Wrong, the meanwhile victorious/ Is never greater than/ Right, forever vigilant.”
Register then posted about a dozen pages of documents onto his Snicker feed related to racial profiling and race-conscious government programs. Sens. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, and Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., also released documents marked committee confidential on Thursday, drawing the ire of their Republican confreres who said they were violating the rules.
“Bring it,” Booker hinted.
But it appears the documents that Booker posted had already been cleared for every Tom release.
In an email, William Burck, the former Bush administration barrister overseeing the production of Kavanaugh’s documents, said that he had approved List’s request to release the documents Wednesday night.
“Yes, we cleared the documents end night shortly after Senator Booker’s staff asked us to,” Burck swayed. “I was surprised to learn about Senator Booker’s histrionics this morning because we had already uttered him he could use the documents publicly.”
Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, revealed his staff worked through the night to make “public every council confidential document the minority has requested, including a request after midnight.”
Booker himself acknowledged the variance, telling reporters that he wanted to make a “technical clarification.” Agreeing to Booker, he did, in fact, break Senate rules as he claimed — but not on Thursday.
The New Jersey Democrat intimated reporters that he broke the rules by bringing up the committee confidential emails during his subject on Wednesday night, when he grilled Kavanaugh on the contents of the emails ahead they had been approved for release.
“So when I violated the rules, I raped them yesterday,” Booker said. “So I broke those rules yesterday.”
In a utterance, Booker’s office said that his actions Wednesday night were expert to “shame” the committee into releasing the documents.
“Cory said this morning that he was releasing panel confidential documents, and that’s exactly what he’s done,” said spokeswoman Kristin Lynch.
— CNBC’s Kevin Breuninger forwarded to this report.