If you still harbor any doubts that the ongoing implosion of the Trump administration has driven Republicans in Congress to take desperate measures in anticipation of the fall elections, yesterday's incident at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh ought to have put them to rest once and for all.
During a tense exchange on the second day of confirmation hearings, Sen.
"This is about the closest I'll ever come in my life to an "I am Spartacus" moment", he said during the procedure. He again declined to say whether the landmark 1973 ruling that legalized abortion nationwide, Roe v Wade, was correctly decided."Roe v. Wade is an important precedent of the Supreme Court. It has been reaffirmed many times", Kavanaugh told the panel.
The conflict arose after Mr. Booker probed Judge Kavanaugh Wednesday night over his thoughts on race in America - and demanded he explain 2002 emails where he said the Supreme Court nominee discussed racial profiling.
They also discuss a race-neutral system as ideal, but appear to acknowledge that using racial profiling in the interim would be most effective.
Vermont's senior senator accused the judge of being aware of emails stolen from Leahy and other Democrats from 2001 to 2003 and having knowledge of the warrantless surveillance of United States citizens that went into effect in the aftermath of September 11, 2001.
A number of Democrats on the committee then stepped forward to say they would also share any consequences suffered by Booker for releasing Kavanaugh's emails.More news: Supreme Court Scraps Section 377; 'Majoritarian Views Cannot Dictate Rights,' Says CJI
Numerous women's groups are opposing Kavanaugh's nomination, fearing he would vote with other conservative justices to restrict or eliminate abortion rights.
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.
The following day, Booker zeroed in on racial injustice in his questioning of Kavanaugh, including pressing him on an email about racial profiling, which is the note that had been marked committee confidential that Booker broke the rule to release Thursday morning. They were released minutes later. Mike Lee (R-Utah), who pointed out that Booker was grilling Kavanaugh over documents he "can't see". And I hope the senator will reconsider his decision because no senator deserves to sit on this committee or serve in the Senate in my view if they decide to be a law unto themselves and willingly flout the rules of the Senate and determinations of confidentiality and classification. "That is irresponsible and conduct unbecoming a senator".
"If he is not a tempest in a teapot, but sincerely believes that, then bring the charges", Booker said later, referring to Cornyn.
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.
The finger-pointing over the unusual vetting process for Trump's nominee made for a rough start for the final day of questioning of Kavanaugh who has so far avoided major missteps that could block his confirmation.
"I'm an independent judge", the 53-year-old Kavanaugh told the Senate Judiciary Committee. The U.S. leader called Kavanaugh "an outstanding judge" who was "born for the position".