Supreme Court justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh faces a final day of Senate confirmation hearings on Capitol Hill today—one day after the proceedings took a dramatic turn when Democratic senators began releasing confidential documents from Kavanaugh’s work at the George W. Bush White House. The release was begun by New Jersey’s Cory Booker, who said he was willing to risk his Senate career by deliberately violating rules against revealing protected information. Booker was responding to the Trump administration’s decision to withhold more than 100,000 pages of Kavanaugh’s records on the basis of presidential privilege.
Sen. Cory Booker: "I come from a long line, as all of us do as Americans, and understand what that kind of civil disobedience is, and I understand the consequences. So I am, right now, before your—before your process is finished, I am going to release the email about racial profiling. And I understand that the penalty comes with potential ousting from the Senate."
New Documents contradict Kavanaugh’s sworn testimony.
The drama came as The New York Times reported that Kavanaugh, as a White House attorney, wrote in an email in 2003 that he did not deem the Supreme Court’s landmark Roe v. Wade abortion rights decision to be "settled law of the land." That contradicts Kavanaugh’s statement during sworn testimony Wednesday that described Roe v. Wade’s right to abortion as settled—and an "important precedent." Other newly released documents appear to show Kavanaugh may have lied under oath during hearings for his nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals in 2004 and 2006. The documents suggest Kavanaugh may have falsely testified he did not know about confidential communications and documents stolen from Democratic senators.
Kavanaugh Conflates Birth Control With Abortion.
Meanwhile, women’s rights groups are blasting Kavanaugh’s statement Thursday conflating contraception with abortion. NARAL Pro-Choice America tweeted, "Kavanaugh just referred to birth control as 'abortion-inducing drugs,' which is not only an anti-science lie, it’s an anti-choice extremist phrase that shows that our right to access both abortion and contraception would be in SERIOUS danger if he is confirmed."