Cory Booker: I'm Breaking Senate Rules on Brett Kavanaugh

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"If I committed to deciding a particular case, which includes committing to whether I would participate in a particular case, all I would be doing is demonstrating that I don't have the independence of the judiciary. that is necessary to be a good judge", Kavanaugh said.

"Our Democratic colleagues want justices who will rubber-stamp efforts like the Obama administration's efforts litigating against the Little Sisters of the Poor", he said.

"We were surprised to learn about Senator Booker's histrionics this morning because we had already told him he could use the documents publicly", Burck said by email. The document is partially redacted.

But Collins, who is one of those undecided Republicans, voiced skepticism that Kavanaugh had taken a personal position on Roe in the 2003 email. Cornyn said it was "irresponsible and conduct unbecoming a senator". That prospect worries Democrats and heartens Republicans on volatile issues including abortion, gun rights, gay rights, the death penalty, religious liberty and business regulation.

"Count me in, too", said Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, who said she was releasing a document to the press and would "defy anyone reading this document that to be able to conclude that this should be deemed confidential in any way, shape or form".

Sen. Kamala Harris of California asked Kavanaugh late Wednesday if he had spoken about the Russian Federation investigation with anyone at the law firm founded by Marc Kasowitz, who has represented Trump.

Harris, who has been mentioned as a 2020 presidential contender, returned to questioning Kavanaugh, asking him again if he had a conversation with anyone about Mueller's investigation.

Kavanagh was responding to a question from Sen. During questioning by senators this week, Kavanaugh said that Roe v. Wade and a subsequent court ruling were settled law, reaffirmed by the Supreme Court many times. In the email, Booker says there's evidence Kavanaugh, when he was an aide to President George W. Bush, suggested it was appropriate to racially profile people to blunt post-911 terrorism. Marc Kasowitz, one of the firm's partners, has long worked with Trump.

In fact, some of the documents the Democrats wanted released had been put out hours earlier, in a pre-dawn disclosure approved by Bill Burck, the GOP attorney who serves as presidential records lawyer for Bush.

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In defense of Kavanaugh, Grassley argued that the panel had already received 400,000 pages of Kavanaugh-related documents. Senate Republicans refused to consider Obama's nomination of federal appeals court Judge Merrick Garland for the vacancy.

Democratic Senator Dick Durbin said Kavanaugh's nomination comes at a time when Trump poses a threat to America's rule of law and is facing an ongoing special counsel investigation.

The judge left unanswered questions over how he would handle investigations of the executive branch and whether he would step aside if cases involving Trump under special counsel Robert Mueller's probe end up at the court.

Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, who released more documents Thursday, stood by his handling of the issue.

"My process was fair", he declared as he opened the session.

Booker says he intends to release the email knowing the consequences to him could be severe - ouster from the Senate.

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

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell bemoaned the protesters' "unhinged antics" as powerless to stop Trump's choice.

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies during the third day of his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., September 6, 2018.

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