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09/06/2018 11:10 am ET Updated Sep 06, 2018

Read The Brett Kavanaugh Emails Democrats Pressured Republicans To Release

The documents were released shortly after a heated confrontation between Democrats and Republicans during Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing.

Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) on Thursday released copies of emails from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh that Republicans had previously refused to make public.

The documents were released shortly after a heated confrontation between Democrats and Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee during Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing. The move came despite threats from Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) to expel the senators from the body. 

“Bring it,” Booker replied.

It doesn’t appear that Booker and Hirono actually violated any Senate rules in posting the documents. A spokesman for Bill Burck, the Republican lawyer who is overseeing the approvals, told The Washington Post that the emails Booker released were cleared last night. 

A spokesman for Hirono told HuffPost that she was not aware whether the emails had been approved before she posted them.

Read the emails below:

This article has been updated to reflect that Republicans say the emails were cleared to be released before Booker and Hirono made them public. 

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