- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 31, 2019

The Senate ethics committee has decided it won’t punish Sen. Cory Booker for releasing confidential emails during the confirmation hearings for Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh.

While other senators said what Mr. Booker was doing was against the rules, the three Republicans and three Democrats who make up the ethics committee elected not to do anything.

“The committee carefully evaluated the allegations in the complaint and, based on all the information before it, determined that no further action is appropriate,” the committee said in a letter last month to Judicial Watch, which publicly released it this month.

Judicial Watch had asked for a review of Mr. Booker, New Jersey Democrat, after he posted documents from Justice Kavanaugh’s files at the National Archives that had not yet been cleared for public release. The files related to Justice Kavanaugh’s work in the Bush administration.

Mr. Booker proclaimed himself “Spartacus” as he released the documents, saying he would accept the consequences for his actions.

• Alex Swoyer can be reached at aswoyer@washingtontimes.com.

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