A conservative legal watchdog asked the Senate ethics committee Wednesday to open an investigation into Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., for releasing confidential documents during Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings last week.
In a letter to the committee chairman, Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., Judicial Watch said Booker admitted to the violation of Senate rules against disclosing "secret or confidential business or proceedings" in a Sept. 7 tweet, and with a Facebook post Sept. 9.
"Sen. Booker, in an absurd invocation of 'Spartacus,' explicitly invited his expulsion from the Senate in his egregious violation of the rules and contempt for the rule of law and the Constitution," Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton said in a statement, Townhall reported.
"Will the Senate assert the rule of law in the Booker case or allow mob rule to be the new standard?"
The documents had been turned over from President George W. Bush's presidential library to the Senate Judiciary Committee on condition they be limited to senators' eyes, The Washington Times reported, noting some were already cleared for release by the committee.
Senate Republicans accused Booker of grandstanding as a potential 2020 White House candidate.
"No effort to intimidate me into silence will keep me from doing my moral and constitutional duty," Booker said Wednesday, the Times reported, adding the documents marked "committee confidential" do not raise any national security concerns.
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