“”This is about the closest I’ll probably ever have in my life to an ‘I am Spartacus’ moment.”
After the display, however, the Washington Postreported that the “confidential” emails were already cleared for public release before Booker’s dare, citing both Democratic and Republican aides on the judiciary committee.
“We cleared the documents last night shortly after Senator Booker’s staff asked us to,” confirmed Bill Burck, Bush’s presidential records representative. “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.”
When Wall Street Journal reporter Byron Tau asked Booker whether his actions during the morning session were a stunt, the senator accused him of violating the U.S. Constitution.”