More dramatic procedural battles.
Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats took their protest over the rushed confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh to the next level by leaking to the media documents placed off-the-record by the Executive branch or Committee Republicans, who threatened retaliation. The documents he released contain emails regarding Kavanaugh's views on racial profiling and affirmative action, on which Booker questioned him Wednesday night.
The emails made public on Thursday dated from Kavanaugh's service in the White House under Republican President George W. Bush more than a decade ago.
They have a case that more documents were hidden from the public than needed to be.
Cory Booker was painted as a liberal hero in the media after his dramatic pledge Thursday to release confidential emails sent by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, and the adulation from the mainstream media continued even hours after it was revealed that the documents were neither particularly damning nor confidential.
Other communications obtained by the Times show Kavanaugh discussing topics related to the Bush administration's warrantless surveillance program just after the 9/11 attacks. Kavanaugh, writes The Fix's Aaron Blake, has some explaining to do on this discrepancy.
"I'd be surprised but I don't know everyone that works at that law firm", Kavanaugh said, adding, "I'm not remembering anything like that but I want to know a roster of people and I want to know more".
Kavanaugh said Thursday that he was not discussing his views, but rather "what legal scholars might say".
The California Democrat, who's considering a presidential run, pressed Kavanaugh late Wednesday as the hearing wound down to tell her who, if anyone, he's spoken to at a law firm about special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into contacts between the Trump presidential campaign and Russian Federation. Senators are now questioning Kavanaugh for the second day. I appreciate what you've said about Native Hawaiians. " ... Why is it so hard for you to acknowledge your response to the question and acknowledge that at least your answer was misleading, if not wrong?" Thom Tillis, a Republican from North Carolina, told Kavanaugh.
It seems as if he came into this hearing with the goal of assuaging his critics' concerns that he would immediately vote to make abortion illegal. Kavanaugh admitted to Feinstein that the court ruling was precedent, and Casey v. Several Democrats said in response, "bring it on". Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.). "Why is that not a thumbs up?"
Kavanaugh's defenders say his ruling resolved the case, as the Justice Department under President Barack Obama chose not to appeal. Democratic senators have fought for access to documents from his three years as staff secretary, saying those could shed light on his views about policies from that era, including the detention and interrogation of terror suspects. But Republicans hold a slight majority there as in the full Senate.
He also would not say whether he believes the president can be subpoenaed to testify.
But as with abortion, there's plenty in Kavanaugh's past that has his critics concerned.
Under questioning by Republicans, Kavanaugh stressed the importance of judicial independence, "not being swayed by political or public pressure".
Late Wednesday, Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., drew a rare partnership with Sen. NBC News went with, "Democrats force release of previously confidential Kavanaugh documents".
Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah then interjected, raising a point of order.
"Have you had any conversation about Robert Mueller or his investigation with anyone at that firm?" she asked. According to these documents, Kavanaugh said in 2003, "I am not sure that all legal scholars refer to [Roe v. Wade] as the settled law of the land", but he did not give his personal stance on the matter. No further details were provided by Harris to Kavanaugh during the hearing, and she said she would have questions for the record for Kavanaugh about the issue.
Booker. Harris. Klobuchar. These are all names mentioned in our round-up because they asked some of the buzziest questions. The hearings have been disrupted scores of times by disgruntled Leftists, marred by idiotic rumors regarding supposed white supremacist hand signals and refused handshakes, and finally run into the ground by Democrats intent on launching 2020 presidential campaigns on the back of ridiculous grandstanding.
The following day, Booker zeroed in on racial injustice in his questioning of Kavanaugh, including pressing him on an email about racial profiling, which is the note that had been marked committee confidential that Booker broke the rule to release Thursday morning.