Dem pledges to ask all court nominees about sexual harassment history under oath

Sen. Mazie HironoMazie Keiko HironoKavanaugh tensions linger after bitter fight Chris Cuomo: Presumption of innocence didn't apply to Kavanaugh because it wasn't a court case Lindsey Graham hits Dem senator: 'The Hirono standard is horrific' MORE (D-Hawaii) pledged on Wednesday to ask court nominees under oath if they have any history of committing sexual assault or harassment.

“Women and men all across the country have been speaking up about their experiences with sexual assault and harassment,” Hirono said during a hearing for Kurt Engelhardt, a nominee for the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.

“It started in Hollywood, but we know that it occurs in many other settings,” she continued.

Hirono posted a clip from the hearing on Twitter. 

"Starting today, I'm asking nominees to our courts, under oath, whether or not they have a history of sexual assault or harassment. Like in other industries, our judges are in positions of power," she wrote.


Hirono said that Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts had instructed the Administrative Office of U.S. Courts to put together a working group looking into sexual harassment in the courts.

During Engelhardt’s hearing, Hirono asked two questions about his history.

“Since you became a legal adult, have you ever made unwanted requests for sexual favors or committed any verbal or physical harassment or assault of a sexual nature?” she asked. “Have you ever faced discipline or entered into a settlement related to this kind of conduct?”

Engelhardt responded “No, senator” to both questions.

Hirono has been vocal about sexual harassment on Capitol Hill, calling for President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: 'I don't trust everybody in the White House' JPMorgan CEO withdraws from Saudi conference Trump defends family separations at border MORE to resign over the allegations against him and also joining calls last year then-Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenFormer campaign aide to New Jersey governor says she was sexually assaulted by his ex-staffer Prosecutor drops some charges against Harvey Weinstein Poll: Dems maintain double-digit leads in Minnesota Senate races MORE (D-Minn.) to step down.