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Chris Coons Says He ‘Has To Be Careful’ In Saying Cory Booker Violated Rules With Kavanaugh Docs

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Democratic Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware on Sunday wouldn’t confirm if his colleague New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker would face ethics violations for his behavior at Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing.

Booker admitted to violating committee rules on confidential documents Thursday, when he claimed to have released information about Kavanaugh despite knowing it may have consequences. He called it his “Spartacus moment.” (RELATED: Cory Booker May Have Hurt His Presidential Chances With Kavanaugh Outburst)

“Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace said the documents in question had already been cleared and accused the Democrats of being overly dramatic, to sell a political stunt.

“I have to be careful what I say here because I’m the vice chairman of the ethics committee and in that role I can’t comment on anything that may or may not come before the ethics committee,” Coons replied.

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“Let me just say this about the whole dispute,” Coons continued. “I do think this was an unprecedented process in which significant amounts, the overwhelming majority of the documents relevant to Judge Kavanaugh’s service in the Bush Administration as staff secretary were blocked from review by the committee. And there was a strong disagreement between the majority and the minority. Overall I agree with that concern.”

Wallace continued to push the issue and asked Coons about Booker’s behavior, but Coons refused to comment in any way.

“I really can’t comment to whether or not this was breaking the rules of the committee,” he said. “I can’t comment on that, Chris.”

“The rules of the ethics committee prohibit any member of the committee on commenting on whether a matter is before the committee or not,” Coons concluded.

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