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Cory Booker's Public Statements

Office: U.S. Senate (NJ) - Jr, Democratic
Date Title
Sept. 16, 2018 Booker Statement on Washington Post Report Regarding Judge Kavanaugh
Sept. 12, 2018 Booker Response to Right-Wing Complaint for Making Committee Confidential Documents Public
Sept. 12, 2018 Letter to Co-Chairs of the Global Climate Action Summit - Congressional Climate Champions Applaud Local Action on Display at the Global Climate Action Summit
Sept. 10, 2018 Letter to the Hon. Andrew Wheeler, Acting Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and the Hon. Heidi King, Deputy Administrator - Senators Murray, Cantwell Urge President Trump's EPA to Extend Public Comment Period for Proposed Rollback of Fuel Economy Standards
Sept. 7, 2018 Letter to Donald Trump, President of the United States - Young, Brown Lead Senators in Urging Administration to Invest in Efforts to Defeat Tuberculosis
Sept. 7, 2018 Latest Booker-Released Confidential Docs Shed New Light on Kavanaugh's Involvement with Miranda, Pryor
Sept. 6, 2018 Murkowski, Booker, and Colleagues Introduce the Nuclear Energy Leadership Act
Sept. 6, 2018 Booker Releases Committee Confidential Documents Related to Yesterday's Testimony
Sept. 6, 2018 Letter to Hon. Mitch McConnell, Majority Leader, and Hon. Charles Schumer, Democratic Leader - Harris, Feinstein, Murray Lead Senate Democrats in Letter to Protect Safety Laws for Truck Drivers
Sept. 6, 2018 MSNBC "All in with Chris Hayes" - Transcript: Interview with Sen. Cory BookerHAYES: Joining me now Senator Cory Booker who is a member Judiciary Committee and made his protest quite clear today in that confirmation hearing. First, how did that come about? BOOKER: Well, last night I had a frustration that there were documents that we had in our possession that they were -- they were not allowing the public to see after repeated requests from Democrats. I just used that documents last night in violation of procedure and it began to bubble up again this morning as they were scrambling to deal with what I had done. And so there was a lot of heat going into that and at some point I just had had enough and basically I`ve been doing what I`ve been doing all day, is just releasing document, after document, after document. I`ve released about 20 so far in violation of their sham rules. HAYES: OK, right. So Bill Burck who is the lawyer -- who`s by the way, Steve Bannon`s lawyer, Don McGahn`s lawyer and also the lawyer for the Bush administration overseeing the release of documents basically said to reporters today, this was a stunt you pulled because they already cleared all the documents. You -- these documents were cleared and Cory Booker just was grandstanding. Is that true? Where the documents already clear? Were you violating the rules? Like I don`t know. BOOKER: I violated the rules and I am violating the rules. And if it was just that, history (INAUDIBLE) and why would John Cornyn do something that really I`ve never seen before in the Senate which is literally accused me of breaking rules and telling me that I was facing an ousting of the Senate, really threatened me with that. So if what he`s saying is true, then John Cornyn wouldn`t have gone there. And the reality is it`s all moot at this point because I`m continuing to release documents that they haven`t -- they haven`t approved yet. HAYES: So this is a small thing but I just want to make sure. You go there and you said this is a ridiculous rule. We have these documents. These should be made public. What is the possible rationale for keeping them? You release them, a violation. John Cornyn read you the riot act and says the penalty for this is expulsion. And then later what you`re saying is they`re lying to save face by basically saying like, no we didn`t -- we already said it was fine but that`s a lie is what you`re saying. BOOKER: Yes. Well, they also are last night when I broke the rules. Now, they`re scrambling to try to do it. John Cornyn went where he should not have gone and that`s why I said some of this meetings, I will accept responsibility because they know it`s a sham rule. HAYES: Well, he also said they (INAUDIBLE) for expulsion. And then you`re not going to get expelled from the Senate? BOOKER: I`m not going to get expelled for the Senate. And so -- and so now they`re trying to clean it up talking about one document when I`ve ordered released 20 documents. HAYES: OK. Here`s the thing about these documents which are fascinating. There`s 40,000 in this bunch that got dumped, right? I don`t even understand what is their stated reason? This guy was in the Bush Administration for years. They`re being turned over and curated by again Steve Bannon`s lawyer, real thing. What was even the stated purpose that we can`t see these? They seem entirely germane. Some of them actually make Brett Kavanaugh look like a pretty thoughtful dude. BOOKER: Right. And so that`s the point. There`s absolutely no reason. These aren`t (INAUDIBLE) because they`re classified or national security. There`s no legitimate reason for them to be withheld. But that`s not even the largest point. The largest point is they`re coming out literally we got a 1,000 documents at 1:20 p.m. today, 1,000 documents on the last day to question him. These were just a fraction of the totality of the documents, only about ten percent of the total documents of this man`s body of work we`ve been able to see. And so we`ve just gone through all these hearings having ten percent of his resume in order to evaluate them. And some of those documents might be exculpatory. Some of them will bring up issues around torture, around Roe, around race and the law. you name it. And so this whole process has been a sham it`s being -- we`re being blocked from a full airing of this person`s record, the full opportunity to vet them and that`s why this should catch everybody at a time where we are -- we are in a crisis in our country with what`s going on in the White House where this person has expressed views about giving the president a free pass should he get in trouble. All this stuff is going on for him. The lifetime appointment and we don`t even know his record. HAYES: As I watched -- I watched the drama unfold today and it was fascinating for a bunch of reasons. How much is what`s happening because of Merrick Garland for this reason? The -- your perception, your colleagues perception of the gravity of the violation of traditions in norms by Mitch McConnell and not offering the President even the hearing on his nominee makes whatever norms or procedures, whatever they`re imposing now seemed preposterous to you. BOOKER: You know, Merrick Garland is an insult and injury in and of itself. But this one, this is to me a grievous that we are rushing a Supreme Court Justice through and at a time where we don`t have is hundreds of thousands of pages, thousands and thousands of documents. It just -- this is not the way it`s done and then this sham process to shield documents from the public, this is in and of itself rotten to the core and again we know what happened with Merrick Garland was rotten as well. HAYES: So there`s a question about are you going to get any more, can you get any more, can you do anything to delay because there are as you said -- and Mitch McConnell flag this apparently was lobbying the White House not to pick Brett Kavanaugh precisely because of this issue, hundreds of thousands of documents from this time in the Bush administration like what`s going to happen. BOOKER: Well, again, I don`t know. We`ve shaken up the process today. We`re seeing them move to try to release more documents so I think we`ll get some but it`ll still be a drop in the bucket about the totality. What I`m hoping is that people will understand that at a time that we need more legitimacy in the Supreme Court, the time the Supreme Court might face real issues about can a president be indicted, can a president pardon themselves in the like, that perhaps some Republicans will say that wait a minute at a time when we might be going into a constitutional crisis, the legitimacy the court is important. And we`re either going to join Democrats in demanding that he recuse himself or perhaps we should pause. Now, I don`t know how that`s going to play out. I`ve seen on health care some Republicans shift at the last minute. And so that`s what I`m going to continue to press for. I don`t care if somebody tells me it`s that this is an inevitable conclusion. I`m going to fight every single step of the way. HAYES: There is a third round of questioning those hearings are ongoing, am I correct about that? BOOKER: You are. As soon as I am done with you, I`m running back to the committee room. HAYES: And more -- and there`s -- I mean that -- and then that will be -- will that be it for questions tonight and then there`s more testimony tomorrow? BOOKER: No, we`re -- that`ll be it for the open testimony and then we will go into a private room where the public cannot see and ask him questions. Someone of which are appropriate for being private but then those committee confidential documents, the once I haven`t been able to release yet and a lot of others, we`ll get a chance to talk to him about that. And that to me again should not be. HAYES: That is crazy. BOOKER: That is -- that is absolutely crazy. HAYES: Wait a second. But those are -- they`re just committee confidential because Bill Burck, this lawyer said it? Like, I don`t get it. They`re not classified. BOOKER: No. And who is Bill Burck? Again -- HAYES: That`s the one who`s making the determination about what you talking in closed session? BOOKER: Yes and that`s why again, if you read my Twitter account, that`s why I am releasing these things regardless of what the consequences are to my time in the Senate. But I promise you, at least I believe strongly that because they`re sham rules they`re not going to move to oust me from the Senate. HAYES: Well, yes, I mean they don`t have the votes for expulsion so just you know, fire up your phone and live stream the closed session all right. You really want to -- you really want to -- you really want to shake things up. Senator Cory Booker, thank you very much. BOOKER: Thank you very much. HAYES: Much more to come including former Secretary of State John Kerry on
Sept. 5, 2018 MSNBC "The Rachel Maddow Show" - Transcript: Interview with Sen. Cory Booker
Sept. 4, 2018 MSNBC "All in with Chris Hayes" - Transcript: Interview with Sen. Cory Booker
Aug. 30, 2018 Letter to the Hon. Betsy DeVos, Secretary of Education - Senate Democrats Condemn DeVos Proposed Rule As Another Giveaway to Predatory For-Profit Colleges
Aug. 30, 2018 Letter to President Donald Trump - With the Number of Refugees Permitted to Come to the U.S. on Pace for Lowest Number on Record, Senators Call on Trump Administration to Step Up Efforts and Honor America's Legacy as a Safe Haven for Families Fleeing Persecution
Aug. 30, 2018 Letter to the Hon. Betsy DeVos, Secretary of Education - Abandon Proposals to Use Taxpayer Dollars to Arm Teachers
Aug. 29, 2018 Booker Introduces Bill to Place Moratorium on Ag Mergers
Aug. 29, 2018 Letter to the Hon. Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State - With Legal Deadline Approaching, Shaheen and Young Lead Bipartisan Letter on Yemen to Secretary of State
Aug. 29, 2018 Letter to Dennis Muilenburg, Chairman, President, and CEO of the Boeing Company - Senators Urge Boeing to Respect Workers' Rights to Unionize, Begin Collective Bargaining
Aug. 28, 2018 Letter to Charles E. Grassley, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee - Judiciary Committee Democrats Protest Withholding of Kavanaugh Documents
Aug. 27, 2018 Brief Amici Curiae of Members of Congress
Aug. 24, 2018 Letter to the Hon. Charles Grassley, Chairman of the Committee on the Judiciary - Judiciary Committee Democrats Call for Postponement of Kavanaugh Hearing
Aug. 24, 2018 Letter to the Hon. Charles Grassley, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee - EPW Democrats Press Judiciary Chairman Grassley for Kavanaugh Documents on Environmental Matters
Aug. 23, 2018 Letter to the Hon. John Barrasso, Chairman of the Committee on Environment and Public Works - Democratic Senators Call for Hearing on Trump Fuel Economy Emissions Standards Roll-back
Aug. 23, 2018 Letter to the Hon. Pat Roberts, Chairman of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee, and the Hon. Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member - Keep Anti-Environment Policy Riders Out of Senate Farm Bill Conference Report
Aug. 23, 2018 Booker Statement after Meeting with Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh
Aug. 23, 2018 Booker, Flake, Durbin, Coons Introduce Resolution Urging Kenyan Government to Protect Human Rights, Promote Democratic Governance Ahead of President Kenyatta's Visit to White House
Aug. 22, 2018 Letter to the Hon. Kirstjen M. Nielsen - Under Your Leadership, Immigration Crisis Grows Worse By The Day
Aug. 22, 2018 Letter to the Hon. Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State - Cardin Joins SFRC Democrats in Advising Sec. Pompeo Against Lowering Refugee Cap
Aug. 21, 2018 Letter to Karen Dunn Kelley, Under Secretary for Economic Affairs - Booker, Menendez, Cortez Masto, Schatz, and Hirono Press Commerce Deputy Secretary Nominee on Census Citizenship Question
Aug. 20, 2018 Booker Introduces Bill to Simplify Federal Student Aid
Aug. 17, 2018 Letter to the Hon. Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State - Address Ethnic Cleansing in Burma
Aug. 15, 2018 Letter to Mick Mulvaney, Director of the Office of Management and Budget - Protect Servicemembers & Their Families From Predatory Lenders
Aug. 14, 2018 Letter to the Hon. Kirstjen Nielsen, Secretary of Homeland Security - Take Immediate Steps to Reunite Children and Families
Aug. 8, 2018 Letter to Gary Stern, General Counsel and Chief FOIA Officer at the National Archives and Records Administration - Release Kavanaugh Documents
Aug. 7, 2018 Letter to Attorney General Sessions and Secretary DeVos - Condemn Trump Administration For Rescinding Civil Rights Guidance Promoting Diversity In Education
Aug. 6, 2018 Letter to the Hon. Jeff Sessions, US Attorney General, and the Hon. Betsy DeVos, Secretary of Education - Senate Democrats Condemn Trump Administration for Rescinding Civil Rights Guidance Promoting Diversity in Education
Aug. 2, 2018 Letter to Ryan Zinke, Secretary of the Interior - Senators to Zinke: Staking and Developing New Mining Claims Within National Monuments Is Illegal
Aug. 2, 2018 Whitehouse, Alexander, Rounds, Booker Introduce Imagine Act to Spur Use of Innovative Materials in Rebuilding American Infrastructure
Aug. 2, 2018 Letter to the Hon. Jerome Powell, Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, the Hon. Jelena McWilliams, Chair of the Federal Deposit Insurance Company, the Hon. Joseph Otting, Comptroller of the Currency, the Hon. Jay Clayton, Chairman of U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Hon. J. Christopher Giancarlo, Chairman of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading - Stop Weakening Volker Rule
Aug. 2, 2018 Letter to the Hon. Pat Roberts, Chairman of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee, and the Hon. Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member - Senators Oppose Harmful House Provision in Final Farm Bill
Aug. 2, 2018 Letter to Michael Pompeo, Secretary of State - Reinstate TPS for El Salvador, Honduras, and Haiti
Aug. 2, 2018 Senators Coons, Isakson, Booker, Statement on Election in Zimbabwe
Aug. 2, 2018 Booker, Coons, Isakson, statement on election in Zimbabwe
Aug. 1, 2018 Booker, Coons Statement on Peter Ajak
Aug. 1, 2018 Letter to the Hon. Alex Azar, Secretary of Health and Human Services and the Hon. Seema Verma, Administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services - King, Colleagues Push Administration to Fund Efforts to Help Consumers Navigate Health Insurance Process
Aug. 1, 2018 Booker Statement on Zimbabwe Election
Aug. 1, 2018 Letter to the Hon. Jeff Sessions, Attorney General, the Hon. Kirstjen Nielsen, Secretary of Homeland Security, and the Hon. Alex Azar, Secretary of Health and Human Services - Provide More Information on Family Reunification Process
July 31, 2018 Letter to the Honorable Patrick X. Mordente, Brigadier General, Director for the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum - Judiciary Democrats Officially Request All Kavanaugh Documents from Archives
July 31, 2018 Letter to the Hon. Gene Dodaro, US Comptroller General, Government Accountability Office - Study Commercial and Government Use of Facial Recognition
July 31, 2018 Letter to the Hon. Alex Azar, Secretary of Health and Human Services - Senators Murray, Cantwell Slam Trump-Pence Administration's Proposed Damaging Changes to Title X Family Planning Program, Call for Reversal
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