Booker placing staffers in Iowa: report

Booker placing staffers in Iowa: report
© Greg Nash

Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerCory Booker addresses speculation about his sexuality: 'I'm heterosexual' Biden, Sanders lead field in Iowa poll Gillibrand says she's worried about top options in Dem 2020 poll being white men MORE (D-N.J.) has sent four staffers to Iowa to help Democratic candidates campaigning in the state, multiple sources told The Guardian.

The move may well be part of Booker's groundwork for a 2020 presidential run, according to the news outlet, as the senator is widely speculated to be building up for such a campaign. 

The new report comes one day after the Iowa Democratic Party announced that Booker will be headlining a gala in Iowa next month.  

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Booker gained the national spotlight and some scorn last Thursday when he dared the Senate Judiciary Committee to punish him for releasing "committee confidential documents" related to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, referring to himself as "Spartacus."

A spokesman for the Senate Judiciary Committee said later, however, that Booker's actions did not break any confidentiality rules.

"Restrictions were waived before 4:00 a.m. this morning and made ready for release," the spokesman said. 

"Running for president is no excuse for violating the rules of the Senate or of confidentiality of the documents that we are privy to," Sen. John CornynJohn CornynTrump finds himself isolated in shutdown fight Trump risks clash with Congress over Chinese executive GOP set for blame over shutdown MORE (R-Texas) said during the hearing. 

Booker is one of several possible 2020 Democratic hopefuls who are traveling to states crucial to a presidential election.

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenCory Booker addresses speculation about his sexuality: 'I'm heterosexual' O’Rourke: Asking whether he is ready for White House is a ‘great question’ Biden, Sanders lead field in Iowa poll MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersCory Booker addresses speculation about his sexuality: 'I'm heterosexual' O’Rourke: Asking whether he is ready for White House is a ‘great question’ Former Trump aide: President has 'thick skin’ MORE (I-Vt.) have both visited Iowa, in addition to other key states.

Democratic Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenBiden, Sanders lead field in Iowa poll The 2020 Democratic nomination will run through the heart of black America Gillibrand says she's worried about top options in Dem 2020 poll being white men MORE (Mass.) and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisCory Booker addresses speculation about his sexuality: 'I'm heterosexual' Biden, Sanders lead field in Iowa poll The 2020 Democratic nomination will run through the heart of black America MORE (Calif.) are also making the rounds. Warren has visited Michigan, Wisconsin and Ohio, while Harris has traveled to Florida, Virginia and Ohio.