Booker placing staffers in Iowa: report

Booker placing staffers in Iowa: report
© Greg Nash

Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerOutsider candidates outpoll insider candidates The Hill's Campaign Report: Bloomberg looks to upend Democratic race Poll: Biden support hits record low of 26 percent 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 CornynMcConnell, GOP leaders say they won't be watching House impeachment hearing GOP senators warn against Trump firing intelligence community official Falling investment revives attacks against Trump's tax cuts 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 BidenDemocrats worry they don't have right candidate to beat Trump Trump threatening to fire Mulvaney: report Giuliani pens op-ed slamming 'unprecedented' impeachment inquiry MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDemocrats worry they don't have right candidate to beat Trump Overnight Health Care: Top health official defends contract payments to Trump allies | Vaping advocates confident Trump will turn from flavor ban | Sanders gets endorsement from nurses union Krystal Ball credits Gabbard's upswing in 2020 race to 'feckless' Democratic establishment MORE (I-Vt.) have both visited Iowa, in addition to other key states.

Democratic Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenDemocrats worry they don't have right candidate to beat Trump Overnight Energy: BLM staff face choice of relocation or resignation as agency moves | Trump says he's 'very much into climate' | EPA rule would expand limits on scientific studies Krystal Ball credits Gabbard's upswing in 2020 race to 'feckless' Democratic establishment MORE (Mass.) and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisOutsider candidates outpoll insider candidates Poll: Buttigieg leads Democratic field in Iowa Press: Another billionaire need not apply MORE (Calif.) are also making the rounds. Warren has visited Michigan, Wisconsin and Ohio, while Harris has traveled to Florida, Virginia and Ohio.