Sen. Hirono Hopes Americans 'Wake Up to the Fact That Our Democracy Is in Danger'

By Susan Jones | May 7, 2019 | 8:25am EDT
Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images)

( - President Donald Trump is enjoying some of the highest poll numbers of his presidency – 46 percent in a new Gallup poll -- despite the constant liberal media attacks and the continuing congressional investigations.

Sen. Masie Hirono (D-Hawaii), a Trump critic, told CNN’s “New Day” on Tuesday she doesn't know why the president's poll numbers are going up, but she hopes the American people "wake up."

As members of Congress, we have a responsibility to oversee what this White House and this administration is doing. And I can only hope that as the months go by, that the American people will wake up to the fact that our democracy is in danger.

Because, let's face it, the kind of conversation that the president recently had with Putin, where the subject of Russian interference with the elections doesn't even come up, why do you think? I think that there’s very little question that Putin will continue to do everything he can to support this president in 2020, and I think that is a very sad commentary.

And let's hope with people worrying about health care and with all the other things that concern American people, that maybe this will also impinge. I can only hope. But we are going to continue to do our jobs, you can bet that I will continue to speak up. Thank goodness that we have some levels of checks and balances with the Democrats in control of the House. And I hope that they will proceed with the investigations that they need to do.

Hirono is among a dozen Democrat senators asking the Justice Department inspector general to look into to Attorney General William Barr’s conduct while handling Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation and report.

Among other things, the Democrats want the IG to determine whether Barr has demonstrated sufficient impartiality to continue overseeing the Mueller spin-off investigations.

"We have concerns about the 14 referrals that Mueller made to other prosecutors," Hirono said. "And we want to make sure that neither Barr nor the White House will interfere with those investigations."

Hirono said she doesn't know if the IG will investigate. "But let's hope so," she said. "Because somebody should be adhering and concerned about the rule of law. And I have to say, Alisyn, that was the most disheartening aspect of the Barr testimony, that he does not adhere to the rule of law.

“He thinks that the president can do basically whatever he wants. If the president thinks he's innocent, he can do whatever he wants to stop an investigation. And certainly, this president did."

(President Trump may have verbally vented about stopping the Mueller investigation, but in fact it proceeded and concluded without his actual interference.)

Hirono said she is looking forward to hearing Robert Mueller’s testimony in the House, if, as expected, he appears before the House Judiciary Committee later this month.

“They’ve asked for material from (former White House Counsel) Don McGahn, who should also testify," she continued. "So as I said, this president has managed to gain control of basically the entire executive (branch) as well as half of Congress. That would be the Senate. I think it is a sad state of affairs. He hasn't quite gotten control of the House. Therefore, you see the kind of investigations that's happening.”

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