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‘Confidential’ Kavanaugh Docs Released By Sen. Booker Were Already Cleared

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Amber Athey White House Correspondent

The “confidential” Kavanaugh emails released by Democratic Sen. Cory Booker on Thursday were already cleared for release, according to a George W. Bush library records representative.

Bill Burck, a records representative for the George W. Bush presidential library, said in a statement Thursday afternoon that the documents were cleared last night and that Booker was already told he could use them publicly.

“We cleared the documents last night shortly after Senator Booker’s staff asked us to,” Burck explained. “We were surprised to learn about Senator Booker’s histrionics this morning because we had already told him he could use the documents publicly.”

“In fact, we have said yes to every request made by the Senate Democrats to make documents public,” Burck added.

The Senate Judiciary Committee also stated, “Restrictions were waived before 4 a.m. this morning and made ready for release. The senators were notified of this before speaking began this morning.”

Booker repeatedly claimed during the Senate hearing with SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Thursday that he was threatening his own job by releasing the “confidential” documents. (RELATED: Cory Booker Leaked Confidential Documents – John Cornyn Wasn’t Having It) 

“I’m saying I’m knowingly violating the rules,” Booker asserted. “I’m saying right now that I’m releasing committee confidential documents.”

“I hope that they will bring charges against us and I am ready to except with full responsibility what I have done,” Booker said, eventually comparing himself to Spartacus.

The emails that were released also did not appear to be damaging for Kavanaugh; they show that he was opposed to racial profiling in airports after the September 11 terrorist attacks.

The Daily Caller reached out to Booker’s office for comment but did not receive a response by press time.

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