Hirono: Kavanaugh will have a big asterisk next to name

Hirono: Kavanaugh will have a big asterisk next to name
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Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) on Sunday said that Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh will have a "big asterisk" next to his name while he serves on the highest court in the land.

Hirono, appearing on ABC's "This Week," pointed to Kavanaugh's testimony last month in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee in which he attacked Democrats and accused them of conspiring against him. 


“He's going to be on the Supreme Court with a huge taint and a big asterisk after his name. The partisanship that he showed was astounding. The conspiracy theory that he accused us of behaving in was bizarre," she said.

"Prior to testimony, I had already decided, having gone through his record and his dissents, that there was a pattern which showed that he was not for women’s reproductive choice. That is sure," Hirono added.

Hirono also blasted the FBI supplemental investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh, calling it a "sham" because agents didn't interview a number of people who came forward publicly with information.

"With regard to this sham FBI investigation, everyone knows that when you just interview a small number of people and not the dozens of others who wanted to be interviewed by the FBI, that is a sham," she said.

Kavanaugh was sworn in Saturday as a Supreme Court justice after the Senate voted 50-48 in favor of confirming him. It was the culmination of a tumultuous confirmation process that included testimony in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee by Christine Blasey Ford, who said under oath that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in the 1980s. Kavanaugh has denied Ford's allegations as well as those of other women who came forward to level accusations against him.