Hirono: Kavanaugh's name will have an asterisk if he's confirmed
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Sen. Mazie HironoMazie Keiko HironoHillicon Valley: Washington preps for Mueller report | Barr to hold Thursday presser | Lawmakers dive into AI ethics | FCC chair moves to block China Mobile | Dem bill targets 'digital divide' | Microsoft denies request for facial recognition tech Dems introduce bill to tackle 'digital divide' Overnight Energy: Collins receives more donations from Texas oil, gas industry than from Maine residents | Interior chief left meetings off schedule | Omar controversy jeopardizes Ocasio-Cortez trip to coal mine MORE (D-Hawaii) told reporters Tuesday that if Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed, there will be "an asterisk next to his name."

Hirono also added that his appointment would hurt the court going forward. 

Kavanaugh's confirmation has been derailed by allegations of sexual misconduct, which started with Christine Blasey Ford's claim that he pinned her down and tried to remove her clothes at a party while the two were in high school in the 1980s.


Another allegation surfaced with a New Yorker report on Sunday, in which Deborah Ramirez said Kavanaugh exposed himself in front of her at a party at Yale.  

Kavanaugh has denied both claims.

Hirono, who is a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has been vocal in her criticism about how these accusations are being handled. On Thursday she said the process has been unfair to Ford.

"You have the entire force of the presidency and all of the supporters of Judge Kavanaugh in the Senate arrayed on one side and on this other side you have Dr. Ford who doesn't even have the benefit an FBI investigation, as well all have called for," she said. "How unfair is that?"

On Sunday, Hirono appeared on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday and seemed to imply that Kavanaugh should not receive the presumption of innocence in the context of these allegations.

"I put his denial in the context of everything that I know about him in terms of how he approaches his cases," she said.

"His credibility is already very questionable in my mind and in the mind of a lot of my fellow Judiciary Committee members, the Democrats."