Booker's intent is transparent; his Presidential campaign unofficially kicked off last week, as he badgered Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh about "confidential" emails that Booker knew had been approved for release (and which, weirdly enough, portrayed Kavanaugh as a man in opposition to racial profiling).
Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, questions President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, during the third day of Kavanaugh's Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington, to replace retired Justice Anthony Kennedy.
Abortion was another main focus throughout the hearing, with Democrats portraying Kavanaugh as a judge who might vote to undercut or overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision establishing a constitutional right to abortion.
It is very hard for Republicans and conservatives, we have a great judge right now being looked at to go up and be the next Justice of the United States Supreme Court.
Despite an at times chaotic hearing last week, Kavanaugh is expected to be cleared out of the Judiciary Committee, where Republicans have a majority. That includes research and talking points Miranda stole from the Senate server after I had written them for the Senate Judiciary Committee as the chief counsel for nominations for the minority.
At the time, Kavanaugh was associate counsel in the White House and was responsible for helping to vet judicial nominees who would appear before the Judiciary Committee.
Abortion advocates and Senate Democrats, however, weren't convinced by Kavanaugh's testimony, in which he also falsely described birth control pills as "abortion-inducing drugs". He said his favorite writing from the Federalist papers is Federalist No. 69, in which Alexander Hamilton details how the U.S. presidency is not a monarchy, he showed that he can list every name and age of the players on the girls basketball team he coached, and more. Other Democrats joined Booker, saying they too would release documents. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) to answer whether he lied under oath, he knowingly lied about it again. He questioned Kavanaugh about the matter in confirmation hearings in 2004, when Kavanaugh's nomination for the federal appeals court was stalled, and in 2006, when Kavanaugh won confirmation. "I understand the importance of the issue", Kavanaugh said. The senator pointed to newly uncovered emails that were sent to and forwarded by Kavanaugh, which referred to the information being improperly obtained. "They've violated Senate rules, leaked confidential information and trafficked in conspiracy theories - all in a desperate attempt to smear Judge Kavanaugh's stellar reputation". "We have every reason to believe that was taken", Leahy said.
Another email chain included the subject line "spying".
Ledeen, who now serves as a Republican staffer on the committee, did not respond to a request for comment.