Booker Releases Kavanaugh’s Emails On ‘Racial Profiling’

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 05: Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) questions Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh during the second day of his Supreme Court confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill September 5, 2018 in Washington, ... WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 05: Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) questions Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh during the second day of his Supreme Court confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill September 5, 2018 in Washington, DC. Kavanaugh was nominated by President Donald Trump to fill the vacancy on the court left by retiring Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy. (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh once suggested the government might need an interim policy before transitioning to a race-neutral security system in airports, according to documents released by Sen. Cory Booker’s (D-NJ) office Thursday.

According to a 2002 email thread on the subject of “racial profiling” between Kavanaugh and other former President George W. Bush officials, aides discussed the intricacies of a meeting they’d had about whether the U.S. should work toward adopting a “race-neutral” system of screening passengers at airports. Kavanaugh wrote that he favored a race-neutral system, but he also emphasized the importance of addressing what the government should do in the “interim” as it worked toward implementing such a system.

“My only point was that your long-term approach, with which I agree entirely, still leaves the interim question, which actually is of critical importance to the security of the airlines and the American people in the next 6 months or so, especially given Al Qaeda’s track record of timing between terrorist incidents,” Kavanaugh wrote in the Jan. 17, 2002 email, just four months after 9-11.

In a follow-up email, he emphasized the importance of settling on an “interim” plan for the racial profiling of passengers.

“The people who favor some use of race/natl (sic) origin obviously do not need to grapple with the ‘interim’ question,” he wrote. “But the people (such as you and I) who generally favor effective security measures that are race-neutral in fact DO need to grapple — and grapple now — with the interim question of what to do before a truly effective and comprehensive race-neutral system is developed and implemented.”

Screengrab of the Brett Kavanaugh emails on racial profiling from 2002, released by Sen. Cory Booker’s office.

Booker told members of the Senate Judiciary Committee during Kavanaugh’s hearing on Thursday that he was going to release a file of documents, specifically, the emails on racial profiling, which he referenced while questioning Kavanaugh on Wednesday. The records were deemed “committee confidential,” but Booker said he was willing to suffer the consequences of releasing them, a move that was rebuked by Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX).

Read the records released by Booker below:

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  1. Avatar for gregor gregor says:

    Surprising that Kavanaugh has not yet invoked youthful virginity as his defense. Come on Sen. Booker, it was 16 years ago.

  2. Avatar for smiley smiley says:

    Glad Sen. Booker did it. Kindof wish he’d gotten 20+ Democratic Senators to co-sign to give him a little more cover and to show the broad Democratic support for his actions. But definitely glad he did it.

  3. In a follow-up memo Kavanaugh suggested a change to TSA uniforms to better reflect its basis in Kabuki.

  4. Look out y’all, gregor является апологетом Трампа.

  5. CBooker: fortifying his ‘street cred’ for spot on '20 ticket.

    NOT that there’s anything WRONG with his assault on repugnican committee bullshit, mind you - happy to see it!

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