The third day of confirmation hearings into President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court Justice nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, turned fiery on Thursday morning when Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) risked their very Senate seats in order to make sure the public had all the information they needed to know exactly what kind of a virulent extremist Kavanaugh really is.
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Both Senators knowingly violated the rules of the Senate and released confidential documents that the Republicans on the Judiciary Committee refused to let the public see, knowing that they would be extremely damaging to their case for allowing Kavanaugh to take a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court.
These are the 4 documents marked committee confidential that I brought up in my questioning of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh last night –> https://t.co/2RZkY2FS9a
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) September 6, 2018
These are the docs Rs don't want you to see—because they show that Judge Kavanaugh wrongly believes that Native Hawaiian programs are Constitutionally questionable. I defy anyone reading this to be able to conclude that it should be deemed confidential in any way, shape, or form. pic.twitter.com/yj31vDNGia
— Senator Mazie Hirono (@maziehirono) September 6, 2018
They could potentially be expelled from the Senate for doing so, but that would require a two-thirds majority, and the Democrats certainly won’t turn on one of their own for doing their patriotic duty.
That didn’t stop Judiciary Chairman John Cornyn (R-TX) from threatening Booker, who responded with a defiant quip soon to be heard around the world:
Sen. Cornyn reads a rule stating that Booker could be dismissed from the Senate if he releases the #Kavanaugh emails.
Booker’s response: “Bring it.” pic.twitter.com/WDBr5kRpnx
— Vox (@voxdotcom) September 6, 2018
The emails that Booker released documents Kavanaugh’s efforts to convince the George W. Bush administration to use racial profiling to “combat terrorism” after the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001.
The issue at hand was the use of race in determining security standards for searches at airports; Kavanaugh, unsurprisingly, was in favor of racial profiling and even labeled his email “racial profiling.”
His emails also reveal that he was very much against affirmative action programs, which Senator Hirono’s released emails make very clear. They document his objection to programs designed to tear down the barriers to capital and financial services imposed on Native Hawaiians.
Those opinions are fairly standard conservative ideas, nothing but their primitive racism covered by the hood of legalese and concerns about Constitutionality.
What’s more important is that these emails prove that the documents being withheld by the Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee do not pose any risk to national security and there is no reasonable reason they should be withheld. It’s truly inspiring to see our Democrats in the Senate take the fight to the Republicans like this, and we hope they won’t hold back.
Release all the documents! Let the public see for themselves what kind of a malicious snake sits before them with that smug, self-satisfied look on his face.