The documents were released shortly after a heated confrontation between Democrats and Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee during Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing. The move came despite threats from Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) to expel the senators from the body.
“Bring it,” Booker replied.
It doesn’t appear that Booker and Hirono actually violated any Senate rules in posting the documents. A spokesman for Bill Burck, the Republican lawyer who is overseeing the approvals, told The Washington Post that the emails Booker released were cleared last night.
A spokesman for Hirono told HuffPost that she was not aware whether the emails had been approved before she posted them.
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This article has been updated to reflect that Republicans say the emails were cleared to be released before Booker and Hirono made them public.