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During the third day of Judge Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation hearing, Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) caused a stir as he claimed he was breaking Senate rules by releasing confidential emails in the middle of the hearing.
When he was reminded the Senate could vote to expel him, Booker welcomed the challenge.
“Bring it,” Booker told Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas).
— Fox News (@FoxNews) September 6, 2018
Booker was praised by many people on social media for his “political courage”:
This is called political courage.
Senator Cory Booker says he will release the confidential emails HIDDEN by the Republican Party to expose that they and Kavanaugh are LYING, even if it means he is ousted from the Senate. pic.twitter.com/Gg1lv3BxNq
— Mikel Jollett (@Mikel_Jollett) September 6, 2018
Over the last 18 hours both Cory Booker and Kamala Harris have shown America the future of the Democratic Party
That future is incredibly strong, bright, brave, and heroic.
Thank you both!!
— Brian Krassenstein (@krassenstein) September 6, 2018
I stand with you.
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) September 6, 2018
It does appear, however, that Booker did not risk his seat because the emails were approved to be released Wednesday night.
“We cleared the documents last night shortly after Senator Booker's staff asked us to,” Bill Burck, former President George W. Bush's records representative said in a statement.
“We were surprised to learn about Senator Booker's histrionics this morning because we had already told him he could the documents publicly. In fact, we have said yes to every request made by the Senate Democrats to make documents public,” he added.
In one of the emails Booker released, it showed how Kavanaugh was opposed to racially profile people in security measures after the terror attacks on September 11, 2001.
“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,” Kavanaugh wrote.