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United States senator, risking punishment, releases Kavanaugh emails on race

06 September 2018

Booker says the email shows Kavanaugh was at least open to racial profiling by police. It was marked "committee confidential".

Booker continued: 'I'm releasing it to expose that, number one, e-mails are being withheld from the public, have nothing to do with national security.

One of the documents included in the Burck-reviewed set was an email revealing the nominee's views on racial profiling.

"We have discovered evidence", Leahy announced, "that Judge Kavanaugh misled the Senate during his 2004 and 2006 hearings". Democrats lack the votes to block confirmation, but have been pressing Kavanaugh for his views on abortion rights, gun control and other issues.

"Please tell us what judicial independence means to you, including whether you have any trouble ruling against the president who appointed you", Sen. "And if Senator Cornyn believes that I have violated Senate rules, I openly invite and accept the consequences of my team releasing that email right now".

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Booker asked for Kavanaugh's opinions on racial profiling now, but was opposed by Senator Mike Lee, a Utah Republican, who complained that the email in question had not been made public.

Kavanaugh said Wednesday that when the allegations against former federal appeals court judge Alex Kozinski became public, they were a "gut punch" for him and for the federal judiciary. Kavanaugh was a law clerk for Kozinski in the early 1990s and remained friendly with him. It was among the documents leaked to the New York Times.

As Chairman Chuck Grassley floundered about in his usual way, trying to defend his document confidentiality process, Democrats lined up to express solidarity with Booker. Kavanaugh argued that the detained 17-year-old needed to be transferred to an "immigration sponsor" before being immediately allowed an abortion. "The Constitution establishes me as an independent judge bound to follow the law as written, the precedents of the Supreme Court". Kavanaugh said maintaining judicial independence "requires me to avoid commenting on current events".

Democrats have voiced concern about the nominee's views on the scope of presidential power. Barring surprises, he appears likely to win confirmation in time to take his place on the bench when the Supreme Court begins its fall term next month. It had been held by the committee as confidential.

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"Under our system of government, the Executive Branch is subject to the law, subject to the court system, and that's an important part of Federalist 69, it's an important part of the constitutional structure, in general so too we, as judges, are separate from the Congress".

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Booker has questioned Kavanaugh Wednesday evening about his time as counsel to President George W. Bush. Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) even read the Senate rules to his colleague during the hearing.

The huge stakes and fierce passions aroused by the lifetime appointment were on display this week as shouts of protests and Democratic demands for a postponement greeted the start of his Senate confirmation hearing.

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"If you love America, stop this travesty!" boomed one woman.

United States senator, risking punishment, releases Kavanaugh emails on race