Cory Booker gets pass for breaking rules over Kavanaugh

By WND Staff

Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J. (Photo: Screenshot/C-SPAN)
Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J. (Photo: Screenshot/C-SPAN)

A Democrat senator who deliberately broke the Senate rules regarding “confidential” documents, and then boasted about it, has been given a pass, apparently by Democrats on the body’s ethics committee.

Officials with government watchdog Judicial Watch had filed a complaint over the actions of Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., which came during the heated debate over the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

Democrats trotted out numerous women who complained that Kavanaugh, as a teen decades ago, had assaulted them. But several admitted they made up their stories, and Kavanaugh was confirmed as President Trump’s second nominee to the high court.

Judicial Watch said on Wednesday the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Ethics had refused to take action against Booker.

That was after Booker, “admitted to willfully violating Senate rules by releasing confidential records regarding then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s time as a White House counsel.”

“It is an absolute disgrace that the Senate Ethics Committee is giving Senator Booker a pass for willfully violating Senate rules by leaking confidential information to smear Justice Kavanaugh,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “The Senate continues the abuse of Kavanaugh and his family by refusing to act against a senator who, pretending to be Spartacus, violated the rule of law and our Constitution in trying to destroy him.”

Judicial Watch said the documents provided to senators were marked “committee confidential,” meaning they were not for public distribution. But he did anyway.

The watchdog’s September 2018 complaint to the chairman and co-chairman of the ethics committee called for an investigation after Booker admitted to violating Senate rules in releasing the confidential material.

The response was from Sue Mayer, counsel for the ethics committee.

She said, “The Select Committee on Ethics (the Committee) has reviewed the complaint you filed against Senator Cory A. Booker, dated September 12, 2018. The Committee carefully evaluated the allegations in the complaint and, based on all the information before it, determined that no further action is appropriate. Thank you for your correspondence with the Committee.”

Booker even went to social media to brag, “I broke committee rules by reading from ‘committee confidential’ docs.”

He also said on a different social media platform, “I willfully violate these sham rules. I fully accept any consequences that might arise from my actions including expulsion.”

Judicial Watch informed the committee Booker even posted those records to a publicly available site.

“By violating the rules in releasing Committee confidential records, Sen. Booker appeared to have violated provisions 5 and/or 6 of Rule 29 of the Standing Rules of the Senate (Rev. Jan. 24, 2013), which stipulate that he should be subject to expulsion from the Senate: Any Senator, officer or employee of the Senate who shall disclose the secret or confidential business or proceedings of the Senate, including the business and proceedings of the committees, subcommittees and offices of the Senate shall be liable, if a Senator, to suffer expulsion from the body; and if an officer or employee, to dismissal from the service of the Senate, and to punishment for contempt.”

Further, there also appeared to be a violation of the next rule: “Whenever, by the request of the Senate or any committee thereof, any documents or papers shall be communicated to the Senate by the President or the head of any department relating to any matter pending in the Senate, the proceedings in regard to which are secret or confidential under the rules, said documents and papers shall be considered as confidential, and shall not be disclosed without leave of the Senate.”

The committee’s actual vote on any decision isn’t public. But the committee includes Republicans Johnny Isakson of Georgia, Pat Roberts of Kansas and James Risch of Idaho, and Democrats Chris Coons of Delaware, Brian Schatz of Hawaii and Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire.

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