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by Steve Timmer
Sep 8, 2018, 3:30 PM

Yes, Brian, you pompous twit, you have it straight

A letter in the Strib today:

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker threatened to release U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s e-mails in violation of Senate rules and stated that he would willingly face the consequences.

Sen. John Cornyn read the Senate rule that says, “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.”

To which our own Sen. Amy Klobuchar stated, “We support what Sen. Booker is doing here.”

Let me get this straight: Our own sitting U.S. senator supports breaking the rules of the Senate. Let that sink in. If that is the case, she does not belong in the Senate. If she supports breaking these rules, what next? What standard does she have?


The first and highly ironic thing to note is that the emails in question reveal that Brett Kavenaugh, who worked at the White House at the time, received and used stolen material from the Senate Democrats on the Judiciary Committee to advance the nominations of Bush administration appointees a decade and a half ago.

His prevaricating lying performance this past week seems to have earned him an ethics charge and a charge of perjury to the Justice Department.

The perjury claim seems pretty airtight to me.

The second thing to note is that the claim of confidentiality was made by the Judiciary chair Republican Chuck Grassley because he knew that the use of purloined stolen information by Kavenaugh would be highly damaging to the nomination. Grassley was right about that.

Third, the letter writer Brian’s whining about not following the rules of the Senate is truly laughable. Judge Merrick Garland was nominated by President Obama nine months before the president’s term ended, and Senate Republicans denied Judge Garland even a hearing.

The rules and decorum of the Senate were tossed out some time ago.

I realize, Brian, that karma can be a bitch, but that is as it should be.

Finally, I am extremely pleased that Senate Democrats seem to have finally awoken to the fact that the world’s greatest deliberative body has become just another Republican abattoir.

If they do bring ethics charges against Sen. Cory Booker, I hope every Democrat in the Senate shows up and says, “I am Cory Booker.”

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