Hirono: White House is a 'moral dead zone'

Sen. Mazie HironoMazie Keiko HironoIf only woke protesters knew how close they were to meaningful police reform Hillicon Valley: Facebook takes down 'boogaloo' network after pressure | Election security measure pulled from Senate bill | FCC officially designating Huawei, ZTE as threats Senate Democrats call on Facebook to crack down on white supremacists MORE (D-Hawaii) on Friday said that the White House is a "moral dead zone" just days after her rebuke of Attorney General William BarrBill BarrGOP senator says Trump commuting Stone was a 'mistake' Barr recommended Trump not give Stone clemency: report Trump commutes Roger Stone's sentence MORE in a Senate hearing.

“I’ve characterized what goes on at the White House as a moral dead zone," she said in an interview with MSNBC. 


"You enter that dead zone and you end up with an attorney general who can’t even tell me that telling the White House counsel to lie is not OK," she added. "He can’t answer that."

She also reiterated Friday her belief that Barr “lied to Congress.”

Barr testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee, of which Hirono is a member, on Wednesday.

During his testimony, Hirono grilled him on a series of topics related to special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE's investigation and report, including asking Barr if he thought it was appropriate for President TrumpDonald John TrumpDeSantis on Florida schools reopening: 'If you can do Walmart,' then 'we absolutely can do schools' NYT editorial board calls for the reopening of schools with help from federal government's 'checkbook' Mueller pens WaPo op-ed: Roger Stone 'remains a convicted felon, and rightly so' MORE to instruct White House counsel Don McGahn to lie. 

Also on Wednesday House Democrats published a letter Mueller wrote to Barr blasting Barr's four-page summary of Mueller's report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and whether Trump obstructed justice.

In the letter, dated three days after Barr's summary, Mueller said that Barr created "public confusion about critical aspects of the results" of the Russia probe. 

Hirono, following the hearing on Wednesday, led a group of Democratic senators asking the Justice Department’s watchdog to investigate Barr over his handling of the report.