Booker placing staffers in Iowa: report

Booker placing staffers in Iowa: report
© Greg Nash

Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony Booker2020 Democrats defend climate priorities in MSNBC forum MSNBC Climate Change Forum draws 1.3M viewers in 8 pm timeslot Iowa Steak Fry to draw record crowds for Democrats 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 judicial picks face rare GOP opposition Zuckerberg woos Washington critics during visit Paul objection snags confirmation of former McConnell staffer 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 BidenJoe BidenJulián Castro: It's time for House Democrats to 'do something' about Trump Warren: Congress is 'complicit' with Trump 'by failing to act' Sanders to join teachers, auto workers striking in Midwest MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders to join teachers, auto workers striking in Midwest Krystal Ball tears into 'Never Trump' Republicans 2020 Democrats defend climate priorities in MSNBC forum MORE (I-Vt.) have both visited Iowa, in addition to other key states.

Democratic Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenWarren: Congress is 'complicit' with Trump 'by failing to act' Sanders to join teachers, auto workers striking in Midwest Pelosi wants to change law to allow a sitting president to be indicted MORE (Mass.) and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisTrump reignites court fight with Ninth Circuit pick MSNBC Climate Change Forum draws 1.3M viewers in 8 pm timeslot Iowa Steak Fry to draw record crowds for Democrats MORE (Calif.) are also making the rounds. Warren has visited Michigan, Wisconsin and Ohio, while Harris has traveled to Florida, Virginia and Ohio.