Cory Booker Risked His Senate Seat to Reveal That Brett Kavanaugh Is…Not Racist?

| SEP 6, 2018 | 6:37 PM

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Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) really doesn't want Judge Brett Kavanaugh to be on the Supreme Court ― or at least he wants his supporters to think that.

Booker went as far as risking his Senate seat to release four emails from Kavanaugh discussing racial profiling ― a move that could result in his expulsion from the Senate.

With that much on the line, one would think he had something so powerful that it would shatter Kavanaugh's chances of serving on the Supreme Court. In reality, however, the judge admitted that he is against racial profiling but respected the court's precedent.

The emails contained correspondence regarding the use of racial profiling to strengthen security after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. In the emails, the judge dove into the nuance of securing an area without compromising the privacy of everyone involved.

Some suggested profiling people based on race or appearance, but Kavanaugh advised against this practice, writing:

The people (such as you and I) who generally favor effective security measures that are race-neutral in fact DO need to grapple — and grapple now — with the interim question of what to do before a truly effective and comprehensive race-neutral system is developed and implemented.

In other words, he wanted to do everything possible — as quickly as possible — to eliminate racial profiling following the 9/11 attacks.

Many on Twitter couldn't believe Booker risked his career to give an example of Kavanaugh giving his colleagues admirable advice:

His Senate colleague, Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), reminded him of the consequences of his actions, reading Rule 29.5 of the United States Senate Manual, to which Booker replied, “Bring it.”

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Any Senator, officer or employee of the Senate who shall disclose the secret or confidential business or proceedings of the Senate, including the business and proceedings of the committees, subcommittees and offices of the Senate shall be liable, if a Senator, to suffer expulsion from the body; and if an officer or employee, to dismissal from the service of the Senate, and to punishment for contempt.

Booker clearly didn't care about what the rules said, asking Cornyn to "apply the rule and bring the charges.”

Cornyn saw through Booker's theatrics.

“Running for president is no excuse for violating the rules of the Senate,” he told Booker earlier in the day.

It remains to be seen what backlash, if any, Booker will face for releasing the emails.