During Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings, Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) made headlines for supposedly breaking Senate rules by releasing confidential documents in the middle of the hearing.
The penalty for breaking such a rule would result in Booker being expelled from the Senate, a fact he also made known.
“This is about the closest I’ll probably ever have in my life to an ‘I am Spartacus’ moment,'” Booker said at the time, a comment he is now walking back.
“It doesn’t take away from the larger point and, again, all of this is about the larger point. We have documents that have been hidden from the public, that shouldn’t have been hidden from the public,” Booker told The Hill.
It was later revealed that the documents Booker supposedly broke Senate rules for were actually cleared to be released beforehand, meaning Booker was never in danger of being expelled.
“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,” Burck added.
Booker furthered thanked his fellow Democrats for standing up for him after his “I am Spartacus” comment.
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas recently mocked Booker for his theatrics.
From last week, Justice Clarence Thomas: “Honorable – if we could use that word about more people who are in public life, people who actually ask the questions at confirmation hearings, instead of ‘Spartacus’…”
— CSPAN (@cspan) September 12, 2018
“Honorable — if we could use that word about more people who are in public life, people who actually ask the questions at confirmation hearings, instead of ‘Spartacus,'” he said during an interview with the Federalist Society.