Sen. Hirono: Set Kavanaugh Aside, ‘I Look at What Dr. Ford is Saying’

By Emily Ward | September 20, 2018 | 12:11pm EDT
Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii)

( -- Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) brushed aside Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s denial of the sexual assault allegations against him, saying that what actually matters is what his accuser Christine Blasey Ford said.

She also stated that it is men who cause these problems and “the men in this country” need to “just shut up.”

At a media briefing at the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, a reporter asked Hirono what, if anything, Judge Kavanaugh could say in to the Senate Judiciary Committee that would convince her he did not commit the assault against Ford. Hirono brushed the question aside, refusing to entertain the possibility that Kavanaugh might be innocent.


“He is saying that he didn’t do it. What else can he say? So I set that aside, and I look at what Dr. Ford is saying,” Hirono said.

Hirono appeared not to care about the principle of ‘innocent until proven guilty’, which is practiced in the American justice system.

Ford has accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a high school party some 36 years ago. But Ford apparently cannot remember where it happened, the house address, when it happened, and how she made it home after the alleged attack.  Also, three people named by Ford as being at the party have denied seeing any assault, and they also do not recall the party described by Ford.

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In the same speech on Tuesday, Hirono encouraged members of the press to take Ford’s side, stating that the handling of the Supreme Court confirmation process has been “unfair” to the psychology professor.

“I expect the members of the press to talk about how unfair this all is. I don’t think that’s editorializing, it’s laying out facts,” she said.

Senator Hirono further said, “I expect the men in this country and the men in this committee because we all signed on to this letter to demand an FBI investigation. But really guess who is perpetuating all of these kinds of actions? It's the men in this country. And I just want to say to the men in this country: just shut up and step up, do the right thing for a change.

On the night of Sept. 18, the Senate Judiciary Committee cancelled the vote on Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation, which was scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 20.

Democratic senators, including those at the briefing on Tuesday, have been calling for a delay in the vote, arguing that the FBI should complete an investigation with the new information.

Many Republican senators, by contrast, have argued that Ford and the Democrats had ample time to bring the allegations forward, but waited too long.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-K.Y.) expressed frustration with the Democrats’ decision to “spring” the allegations on Judge Kavanaugh at the last possible minute.

“Frankly, members of the judiciary committee had notice of this for quite some time and decided to spring it right at the end. And it’s pretty obvious this is all about delaying the process,” Sen. McConnell said.

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Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) has invited Dr. Ford to testify before the committee on Monday, Sept. 24, in public or in a private session. He also has offered to send investigators to California to meet with Ford to take down her testimony.

Grassley, however, told Dr. Ford’s lawyers that 10:00AM on Friday, Sept. 21, is the deadline for Ford’s decision to testify or not and to submit a prepared statement to the committee.

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