Cory Booker was painted as a liberal hero in the media after his dramatic pledge Thursday to release confidential emails sent by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, and the adulation from the mainstream media continued even hours after it was revealed that the documents were neither particularly damning nor confidential. Booker, a Democrat from New Jersey, did so at the risk of expulsion from the Senate. The emails in question were apparently a discussion between Democrats over how to question Bush's judicial nominees, and were stolen by a Republican staffer named Manuel Miranda. "I understand the penalty comes with potential ousting from the Senate".
Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) has said she would not vote for a nominee who threatens Roe.
Booker's fellow Democrats expressed support.
The BBC's Gary O'Donoghue, in Washington, says the investigation into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation in the 2016 election has raised important constitutional questions about the extent to which an incumbent president can be forced to co-operate. I think that my colleagues from Alaska should be deeply troubled by your views.
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.
But a spokesman for McConnell said the GOP leader did not recess the Senate to avoid Democrats' procedural maneuvering. At that point, Booker repeatedly told Cornyn to "bring it" and that he would accept the consequences of his actions. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), who made her own moment in a clash with Kavanaugh over the special counsel probe being run by Robert Mueller, and Sen.
On abortion, Kavanaugh said the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision has been affirmed "many times".
Sen. Richard Blumenthal says he believes that Kavanaugh was talking about himself when he referred to legal scholars. 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.
Roe v. Wade is "entitled to respect" he said, adding that he understands the passion around the decision.
The tone is different from Kavanaugh's remarks stressing how hard it is to overturn precedent like Roe during confirmation hearings, which opened for a third day Thursday with angry complaints and finger-pointing among senators over the unusual vetting process for the judge.
Senators began questioning Judge Brett Kavanaugh on Wednesday in confirmation hearings to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, who was considered the swing vote on key issues including abortion, same-sex marriage, affirmative action and campaign finance reform. Kavanaugh, who considered the judge a friend and mentor, said he had known nothing about the allegations until they were disclosed previous year.
"Have you had a conversation with anyone at that firm about that investigation?"
Durbin says Trump has "shown disrespect for the rule of law over and over again".
Republican Orrin Hatch gave Kavanaugh the opportunity to follow-up on an exchange with Sen.
Pressured by Democrats with Trump on their minds during Wednesday's gruelling session, the judge insisted that he fully embraced the importance of judicial independence.
Many reports claimed that Judge Kavanaugh thought the president was above the law. "I'm sure you can understand, sir, how it puts all of us in a very hard situation when it's not you.it's somebody you have to go - then go back to a person named Bill Burck to decide if some document - who is an associate, who is an associate and colleague of the nominee - to figure out which documents are going to be released".
Kavanaugh said Thursday that he was not discussing his views, but rather "what legal scholars might say".