In practice, a president's Constitutional power to pardon is quite broad, but legal experts indicate that a presidential self-pardon would violate a Nixon-era legal principle.
Harris promised to follow up with Kavanaugh on the topic. "Whether it's voter suppression, the role of the media - case after case, we hear this president willing to walk away from the rule of law in this country". Red flags abound. And with 102,000 documents withheld by the Trump WH, mostly about judicial noms, we can bet there's more. The document had been held by the committee as confidential, but was made public Thursday.
Democrats object that the confidential label has been applied to a wide swath of records, many of which contain no personal or sensitive information.
Booker then admitted he was in violation of the Senate rule Cornyn had called him on, which allows for expulsion from the Senate. Booker had sought release late Wednesday, after questioning Kavanaugh on race and drawing rebuke from his colleagues for disclosing the confidential documents. He called it "a moment of judicial independence where I think the court came together" in a unanimous decision.
Booker's spokeswoman said that only by raising the issue publicly was the senator able to "shame the committee into agreeing" to release the pages to the public. "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 the determination of confidentiality and classification". "Instead of treating the judge's hearing seriously, they're soaking up every minute of camera time to appeal to their far Left base", said RNC spokesman Michael Ahrens. Shortly after Booker released the documents, Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley's staff released a block of new emails-previously marked "committee confidential"-that had been cleared for public release".
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Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) said Thursday he is going to "knowingly violate" the rules to release one of the emails regarding "racial profiling". She said she planned to review it as well as other matters before coming to a decision on the nomination, but she did not voice concern about its content.
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The January 2002 email, from Kavanaugh's service in the Bush White House, centered on a discussion within the administration in the wake of the 9/11 attack by Islamic jihadists about how to handle the sensitive issue of whether or not "race" or national origin should be a factor in identifying national security threats. Affirmative action refers to policies that favor groups like racial minorities in practices such as hiring that have experienced past discrimination.
Kavanaugh replied that he's unsure he knows everyone who works at that law firm and asked the senator if there was a specific person she was talking about.
He conceded that hopes he expressed almost two decades ago for a color-blind society have not been fulfilled.
On the right, Brett Kavanaugh is invited to an "emergency umbrella meeting" at a private law firm "to discuss nominee Bill Pryor's hearing". "Our long march to racial equality is not over". Booker's stand comes after the New York Times obtained some of those off-limits emails.
"Senate Republicans are doing everything they can to distract from their sham process to rush through a Supreme Court justice who will overturn Roe v. Wade, demolish the Affordable Care Act, and protect President Trump from being investigated", said Kristin Lynch, Booker's spokesperson.
There's also an email with titled "Spying", a subject line Sen. Kavanaugh explained to senators on Thursday that he was sharing legal experts' opinions, not his own.