NJ Politics Digest: Cory Booker Pulls Off Brilliant Piece of Political Theater

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Supreme Court confirmation hearings are supposed to be about the law. But they are also about political theater, particularly during a contentious hearing like that facing nominee Brett Kavanaugh this week.

And New Jersey’s junior Senator Cory Booker, on Thursday, proved his chops with a dramatic move that catapulted the maybe presidential hopeful to the top of news sites throughout the day.

Booker released what he said were confidential emails in which Kavanaugh discussed his thoughts on the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision and on racial profiling. The emails were written when Kavanaugh served in the White House under President George W. Bush.

Booker said the emails had been designated as “committee confidential” and that he risked expulsion from the Senate for releasing them, according to news reports.

Booker, who is widely viewed as a likely Democratic presidential candidate in 2020, said “I openly invite and accept the consequences” of releasing the documents. Later in the day, however, a Republican lawyer involved in providing the documents, said Booker had been told before the hearing he could release them, according to CNN.

Quote of the Day: “This is about the closest I’ll have in my life to an ‘I am Spartacus’ moment.'” — Sen. Cory Booker, saying he risked expulsion from the Senate for releasing emails in which Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanugh discusses the Supreme Court’s Roe vs. Wade decision and his thoughts on racial profiling.

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NJ Politics Digest: Cory Booker Pulls Off Brilliant Piece of Political Theater