Supreme Court justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh faces a final day of Senate confirmation hearings on Capitol Hill today—one day after the proceedings took a dramatic turn when Democratic senators began releasing confidential documents from Kavanaugh’s work at the George W. Bush White House. The release was begun by New Jersey’s Cory Booker, who said he was willing to risk his Senate career by deliberately violating rules against revealing protected information. Booker was responding to the Trump administration’s decision to withhold more than 100,000 pages of Kavanaugh’s records on the basis of presidential privilege.
Sen. Cory Booker: “I come from a long line, as all of us do as Americans, and understand what that kind of civil disobedience is, and I understand the consequences. So I am, right now, before your—before your process is finished, I am going to release the email about racial profiling. And I understand that the penalty comes with potential ousting from the Senate.”