Cory Booker Says He’ll Violate Senate Rules to Release Kavanaugh Email

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During his ongoing confirmation hearing, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has said over and over again Roe v. Wade, the case guaranteeing a woman's right to an abortion, is "settled law". One shouted: "Sham president, sham justice!"

TRT World's North America Correspondent Jon Brain reports from Washington.

After Cornyn read the Senate rules about the repercussions for disclosing confidential business of the Senate, which includes committees, which carries the punishment of expulsion from the chamber, Booker responded, "bring it".

Grassley's office released a new tranche of documents from Kavanaugh's work in the White House on Thursday morning. The panel's process resulted in hundreds of thousands of pages of Kavanaugh's documents being withheld as confidential or kept from release under presidential privilege by the Trump White House.

Less than a half hour later, his office released the documents.

Booker says the email's subject is racial profiling and he wants it released publicly.

If confirmed by the Senate, Kavanaugh is seen as likely to tilt the nation's highest judicial body even further to the right.

But Leahy said that based on emails given to the Senate Judiciary Committee before the hearing, there is new evidence that Kavanaugh was aware of the stolen information. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., if he had ever "come across memos from internal files of any Democratic members given to you or provided to you in any way" to which Kavanaugh responded that he had not.

"I knowingly violated the rules that were put forth, and I'm told that the committee confidential rules have knowing consequences", he said. "And if Sen. Cornyn believes that I violated Senate rules, I openly invite and accept the consequences of my team releasing that email right now".

As on Wednesday, Kavanaugh faced questions on presidential power, some reflecting on his time working for Bush.

Booker asked for Kavanaugh's opinions on racial profiling now, but was opposed by Senator Mike Lee, a Utah Republican, who complained that the email in question had not been made public.

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge, holds up a worn copy of the Constitution of the United States as he testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Sept. 5, 2018.

Kozinski retired in December after several female former law clerks and colleagues accused him of sexual misconduct.

He also declined to say whether he would recuse himself from cases involving the civil or criminal liability of President Trump.

Kavanaugh said he followed Supreme Court precedent, but Durbin disagreed. Orrin Hatch of Utah, Kavanaugh said, "I don't recall any inappropriate conversations about the investigation".

US President Donald Trump's choice for the Supreme Court questioned whether a ruling legalising abortion was settled law, emails show. "I completely agree with you".

"The Supreme Court must never, never be viewed as a partisan institution", he said.

Protesters have repeatedly tried to interrupt the hearing, which has carried strong political overtones ahead of the November congressional elections.

Republicans have a slim majority in the 100-seat upper house.

Meanwhile it was shown, in an email obtained by The Associated Press, that Kavanaugh had taken a different tone on a 2003 abortion case than he had during Wednesday's hearing when he stressed how hard it is to overturn precedents like Roe.

Senator Ben Sasse used his time to say how much he was exhausted of the theatrics and "patently absurd" criticisms that had been lobbed at Kavanaugh that he claimed were not based on truth or even anything to do with the nominee but rooted in misdirected political fervor.

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