President Donald Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court Brett Kavanaugh is having a roller coaster of a confirmation hearing. Things took another unexpected turn Thursday morning when New Jersey Democratic Sen. Cory Booker said he would “break Senate rules” and release a classified document that he purported showed Kavanaugh’s compliance with race-based screenings post-9/11.
“I am going to release the e-mail about racial profiling and I understand that the penalty comes with potential ousting from the Senate,” Booker, who could run for president in 2020 said.
But as it turns out, Booker broke no Senate rules because the emails were cleared for release by the Republican-controlled committee after Booker asked for their release. As a general rule, only information that concerns national security is withheld from the public. These emails clearly were not the case, and Republicans worked with Democrats to release them.
Utah Sen. Mike Lee even tweeted the following on the matter on Thursday:
“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I will happily work with any of my colleagues from across the aisle to go through the necessary steps and processes to try and get specific classified documents released to the public.”
But the emails do not say what Booker suggested they would. They do not show Kavanaugh’s approval for race-based screening. Instead, they show Kavanaugh’s advocacy for race-neutral screening.
A 2002 email reveals Kavanaugh said the government needs to “grapple” with the “interim question of what to do before a truly effective and comprehensive race-neutral system is developed and implemented.”
This whole email release and rule breaking charade could win an Oscar because it really is not as big of a deal as it was made out to be.