Hawaii Sen. Mazie Hirono (D) told CNN’s Jake Tapper Sunday that she doesn’t believe Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is innocent of the sexual misconduct allegations against him, which she characterized as “attempted rape,” because she disagrees with some of his judicial rulings.
During “State of the Union,” Tapper asked Hirono if Kavanaugh deserves the same presumption of innocence on which the American criminal justice system is built.
I put [Kavanaugh’s] denial in the context of everything that I know about him in terms of how he approaches his cases. As I’ve said, his credibility is already very questionable in my mind and in the minds of my fellow Judiciary Committee members, the Democrats. And when I say he is very outcome-driven, he has an ideological agenda that’s very outcome-driven, and I can sit here and talk to you about some of the cases that exemplifies his, in my view, inability to be fair in the cases that come before him.
This is a person that is gonna be sitting on our Supreme Court, making decisions that will impact women’s reproductive choice. He very much is against reproductive choice. … So there are so many indications of his own lack of credibility.
When Tapper followed up, asking Hirono if she actually just said she doesn’t believe Kavanaugh’s denials because of his views on policy, the Hawaii Democrat deflected, and instead underscored the importance of an “independent investigation.”
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“You think Kavanaugh is lying though, that’s what you’re saying?” Tapper followed up.
“Well, I believe [Christine Ford], let’s put it that way,” Hirono responded.
According to multiple reports, it is very unlikely that the FBI will pursue an investigation against Kavanaugh, especially given the lack of evidence to corroborate the claims against him.
Earlier in the interview, Hirono trashed Kavanaugh for what she described as long existing “credibility” issues.
“Even before all of this happened, he had credibility issues in his testimony, three days of testimony,” she told Tapper. “He’s very outcome-driven in terms of how he views cases before him. And so I had issues with his credibility and how he went about things way before this even happened.”
Tapper later confronted Hirono with an editorial in the Wall Street Journal that targeted her for placing a presumption of guilt on Kavanaugh. Tapper quoted:
Sexual allegations should be accepted as true merely by having been made. The accuser is presumably telling the truth because the accuser is a woman. This turns American justice and due process upside down.
Hirono responded: “If the Wall Street Journal really cares about due process, I’d say that they should care that there is no independent investigation of these allegations. I think that this kind of attitude is what makes it really difficult for victims and survivors of these kinds of traumatic events to even come forward.”