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    Sen. Mazie Hirono said she trusts Christine Blasey Ford’s account of a sexual assault by Brett Kavanaugh more than three decades ago, and said that she and many of her fellow Senate Democrats don’t trust everything he told them.

    “I believe her, let’s put it that way. There’s credibility to her story,” Hirono, a Hawaiian Democrat who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said in an interview Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

    “There’s nothing for her to gain by even coming forward with this,” she added.

    The Senate Judiciary Committee tentatively agreed this weekend to a Thursday hearing on the accusations by Ford, hours after she accepted senators’ requests to testify on her allegation that the Supreme Court nominee sexually assaulted her at a drunken party when they were in high school in Maryland.

    Kavanaugh is also set to testify, though committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Ford's attorneys are still negotiating key details of the hearing.


    “I would be wanting to hear what kind of environment it was in high school,” Hirono said Sunday. “Apparently, there was a lot of drinking and partying going on. This is why we need an investigation — we need an independent investigation that lays all of that out for us.”

    Hirono said Kavanaugh’s basic integrity is doubted by many Democrats on the committee following his performance during several days of confirmation hearings earlier this month. She went on to criticize the judge as “very outcome-driven” and having “an ideological agenda.”

    “There are so many indications of his own lack of credibility,” Hirono said.

    Hirono also argued that the decision by Kavanaugh’s friend Mark Judge not to appear before the committee lends credence to Ford’s account, which alleges that Judge was in the room during the assault.

    “That is astounding to me,” Hirono said. “He was right there in that room. He refuses to testify.”


    Ford’s highly anticipated Senate debut later this week could ultimately dictate the future of Kavanaugh’s politically wobbly nomination, as well as the partisan makeup of the high court for decades to come. It is also sure to draw comparisons to Clarence Thomas’ confirmation hearings in 1991, when Anita Hill found herself treated badly by senators of both parties after leveling allegations of sexual harassment against the man who would become a Supreme Court justice.

    “We don’t seem to have come very far from the Anita Hill days,” Hirono said.

    “We already have one person on the Supreme Court who got there under this cloud,” she added. “We should not have another.”




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    Published on 23 Sep 2018 at 02:49PM

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