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"Confidential" Kavanaugh documents were cleared before Booker's release

Sen. Cory Booker speaking angrily in a hearing
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Bill Burck, former George W. Bush attorney who has been in charge of vetting Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's documents, tells Axios that the documents Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) claimed were confidential and released today had already been cleared for the public last night.

The big picture: Sen. Booker claimed he broke committee rules in deciding to release those documents this morning. "We were surprised to learn about Senator Booker’s histrionics this morning because we had already told him he could use the documents publicly," Burck told Axios. But Booker's team argues that "Senate Democrats were able to shame the committee into agreeing to make last night’s documents publicly available," and that "other committee confidential documents" were also released today.

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