Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) spent most of Thursday morning's Senate Judiciary Committee hearings threatening to reveal "damning" confidential documents that he claimed might derail Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation. At one point, Booker even called himself "Spartacus," referring to the gladiator who spoke out on behalf of slaves kept by the ancient Romans.
But Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) approved some of those confidential documents for release, and other documents leaked to The New York Times — and, strangely, they aren't damning at all, unless Sen. Cory Booker considers opposing racial profiling in the wake of a major terrorist attack a "controversial" position.
The 2002 email in which Kavanaugh discusses racial profiling that Sen. Booker was referring to: pic.twitter.com/1TnmKGRMng— Lawrence Hurley (@lawrencehurley) September 6, 2018
"The people who favor some use of race/natl origin (sic) obviously do not need to grapple with the "interim" question," Kavanaugh writes, referring to terrorism interdiction methods taking place in the wake of the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks. "But the people (such as you and I), who generally favor effective security measures that are race-neutral in fact DO need to grapple -- and grapple now -- with the interim question of what to do before a truly effective and comprehensive race-neutral system is developed and implemented."
Kavanaugh goes on.
So the documents that Cory Booker violated committee rules to release shows that Kavanaugh rejected the use of race or national origin in airport security screening and law enforcement generally in the immediate aftermath of 9/11 https://t.co/aNIkqWeN01 pic.twitter.com/bhyBG17uz2— Lachlan Markay (@lachlan) September 6, 2018
Ultimately, he comes to the conclusion that he properly understands the role of Supreme Court jurisprudence in handling questions of race and national security. If anything, the documents conclusively demonstrate that Kavanaugh is not, in fact, a racist.
Booker says he committed the ultimate sacrifice to release this very pertinent and important information, and his tweet "releasing" the "controversial" documents has thousands of retweets even though the documents don't really damage Kavanaugh at all.
These are the 4 documents marked committee confidential that I brought up in my questioning of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh last night --> https://t.co/2RZkY2FS9a— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) September 6, 2018
Oddly, it seems as though Booker simply did a search of Kavanaugh's documents for key terms like "racial profiling" and collected the results without really reading through them first.
Not quite the "Spartacus" moment Booker was hoping for.