Democrats Take ‘Civil Disobedience’ Stance in Leaking Kavanaugh Documents

06 September, 2018, 21:11 | Author: Patty Aguilar
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Within the hour, Booker did just that. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., tweeted his support.

After almost an hour of threats and challenges, Sen.

"No one is above the law in our system of justice", Kavanaugh said, describing the court's 1974 decision ordering President Richard Nixon to turn over White House tapes incriminating him in the coverup of the Watergate burglary as one of the four greatest Supreme Court decisions of all time, "a moment of judicial independence". I'm told the committee confidential rules have no consequences.

He was releasing it, Booker said, to show that what was being withheld had nothing to do with national security. Democrats on the committee have been accusing the Republicans of hiding important information on Kavanaugh by refusing to publicly release the emails.

Booker's decision appears to be a culmination of Democrats' anger over the way the documents from Kavanaugh's time in the Bush White House has been handled. The New Jersey Democrat indicated that by releasing the documents, he's engaging in "civil disobedience". Asked whether he knew about the allegations before they became public, Kavanaugh responded: "nothing".

During the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Democrats dug in on controversial issues.

After Judge Kavanaugh said he wanted to see the emails before responding, it was revealed that the email couldn't be shared because it was deemed "committee confidential".

Republican Orrin Hatch accused Democratic senators of political opportunism, noting, "We have folks who want to run for president", though he did not mention any by name.

He added: "The public has a right to access documents about a Supreme Court nominee's views on issues that are profoundly important, such as race and the law". Mike Lee, R-Utah, to release of some of the Bush-era documents.


One of the documents included in the Burck-reviewed set was an email revealing the nominee's views on racial profiling.

Then he basically dared the Senate GOP whip to pursue the matter and try to kick him out of the Senate. "Running for President", said Texas Senator John Cornyn, "is no excuse for violating Senate rules". Booker then said he would release an email about racial profiling even, he said, if he could be kicked out of the Senate for violating rules.

Cornyn replied by reading from a Senate rule. What the Senate Judiciary Committee marks confidential is up to the panel, not the full Senate, some on the committee argued. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., contended the system the Republican majority was using to categorize documents as committee confidential was no transparent and unfair. They have few tools at their disposal to stop Kavanaugh from getting on the court.

The Senate can only expel a senator with a vote of two-thirds of its members, a hurdle Republicans could not hope to muster in the 51-49 body they control.

It may run contrary to how the Senate has traditionally operated, but it's very much in line with how politics operates in 2018. Richard Blumenthal of CT, "selecting a justice on the Supreme Court who potentially will cast a decisive vote in his own case".

The Supreme Court is America's highest and has the final word on many contentious matters. It would be a huge victory before the November elections.

'I understand the penalty comes with potential ousting from the Senate.

Kavanaugh, however, declined to answer how he would rule on whether President Donald Trump, who nominated him to the high court, could be subpoenaed to answer questions from special counsel Robert Mueller about Trump's 2016 campaign's links to Russian Federation and whether Trump, as president, obstructed justice by trying to thwart the investigation.

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