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Cory Booker releases more Kavanaugh documents — and these may actually be confidential

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Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) has released more documents related to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, which he says are considered "committee confidential." (Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

After Sen. Cory Booker made an enormous fuss over the release of documents related to Judge Brett Kavanaugh he said were confidential (which they weren't), the New Jersey Democrat has released some more — and these may actually be confidential still.

Booker has made a show out of his intention to break Senate rules by leaking confidential documents, but his first attempt was foiled after an attorney working on behalf of former President George W. Bush called out the charade.

"We cleared the documents last night shortly after Sen. Booker’s staff asked us to," said the attorney, Bill Burck. "We were surprised to learn about Sen. Booker’s histrionics this morning because we had already told him he could use the documents publicly."

Are these new docs confidential?

Booker released more emails to and from Kavanaugh in a series of tweets, and a GOP aide has told Politico reporter Elana Schor that these documents are still considered "committee confidential."

What's in this latest batch?

One set of documents shows an email discussion between Kyle Sampson and Kavanaugh about a potential appointment to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, focusing on the potential appointment of John Yoo.

The next batch of documents includes emails about post-9/11 Senate hearings, a draft of a statement on race-based admissions practices for Kavanaugh to review, a discussion about school choice in Ohio, Kavanaugh's views on funding for faith-based programs, among others.

Booker continued tweeting out more documents Thursday evening after he was done questioning Kavanaugh.

What does all this mean?

Booker is leading the charge of Democrats decrying the supposed lack of publicly released documentation about Kavanaugh's past, particularly his time working as a lawyer in the George W. Bush White House.

There's no indication at this point that anything Booker has, or will, release on Kavanaugh will move the needle one way or the other on his confirmation, which still appears relatively safe in the Republican-controlled Senate.

Booker, it appears, is reaching for some big moments to propel his 2020 presidential ambitions, something that was not missed by the other senators.

“I think it was 2020 presidential politics, and we’re seeing an awful lot of theatrics out of the Judiciary Committee this week,” said Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), according to Politico.

Although it appears Booker has technically violated rules that could lead to his expulsion from the Senate, no Republican has directly expressed an intention to indulge Booker's clear desire to become a martyr in this situation.

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