Sen. Cory BookerCory BookerSenate confirms Biden's intel chief, giving him first Cabinet official Booker brings girlfriend, actress Rosario Dawson, to inauguration Officials brace for second Trump impeachment trial MORE (D-N.J.) jokingly "outed" Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzFor Biden, a Senate trial could aid bipartisanship around COVID relief Senate Democrats file ethics complaint against Hawley, Cruz over Capitol attack Poll: Majority of voters support bipartisan commission to probe potential irregularities in the 2020 election MORE (R-Texas) as a "closet vegan" during a Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on Thursday.

"Mr. Chairman, let me apologize upfront for this metaphor I am about to use. I know it will insult the two vegans on the committee — me and Sen. Cruz," Booker said during Judge Amy Coney BarrettAmy Coney BarrettPolitical peace starts with everyday interactions A Day in Photos: The Biden Inauguration Schumer and McConnell trade places, but icy relationship holds MORE's Supreme Court confirmation hearing.

Booker's comment sent the Judiciary Committee floor into laughter, with Cruz interjecting, "Point of personal privilege!"

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"That may be one step below the Houston Astros thing," said Chairman Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamTrump selects South Carolina lawyer for impeachment trial Democrats formally elect Harrison as new DNC chair McConnell proposes postponing impeachment trial until February MORE (R-S.C.), referring to a playful joust that erupted in the committee on Wednesday after Sen. Ben SasseBen SasseSenate approves waiver for Biden's Pentagon nominee Budowsky: Democracy won, Trump lost, President Biden inaugurated Pompeo labels China's treatment of Uighurs 'genocide' MORE (R-Neb.) called the MLB team "miserable cheaters."

"I just want the people of Texas to know the truth — he is a closet vegan," Booker said in jest.

On Twitter, Cruz jokingly decried Booker's comment about his diet as a "brutal & scurrilous attack on this Cuban Texan carnivore."

 

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Booker also echoed earlier comments from Graham, saying the hearing over Barrett's nomination was conducted with "decorum and professionalism."

The panel is set to vote on Barrett's nomination next week, with a full Senate vote expected before the end of the month.

"We have the votes," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump selects South Carolina lawyer for impeachment trial McConnell proposes postponing impeachment trial until February For Biden, a Senate trial could aid bipartisanship around COVID relief MORE (R-Ky.) told reporters in Kentucky.