In a move that broke Senate rules, Democratic Senator Cory Booker released confidential committee documents on Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh regarding racial profiling. The move was headed by New Jersey Senator Booker, as well as Senators Mazie Hirono of Hawaii and Dick Durbin of Illinois. Booker said he understood by releasing documents and emails that were deemed only available to Senate Judiciary Committee members — and not to the general public — could result in expulsion from the Senate. Booker said, “I understand the penalty comes with potential ousting from the Senate…I openly invite and accept the consequences of my team releasing that email right now.” Booker released 12 pages of emails from 2002 that Kavanaugh sent during his time as a staffer for President George W. Bush. With the email subject line “racial profiling,” Kavanaugh discussed whether “airport security and other law enforcement” should be working toward a “race-neutral” system after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, according to the emails released by Booker’s office.
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