Sen. Mazie Hirono Wednesday accused Republicans of trying to force a woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault while they were in high school to testify in a situation in which there is “not even a modicum of fairness extended.”
“I think we should all be focused on why the heck she does not want to come,” the Hawaii Democrat, one of four women on the Senate Judiciary Committee, told CNN’s “New Day” about Christine Blasey Ford, whose attorneys argue that the FBI should investigate her claims before senators hold a hearing about them.
“She doesn’t want to be part of a railroad job,” Hirono continued.
Kavanaugh and Ford were to have been questioned during a hearing next Monday, but there is doubt that Ford may participate. Hirono said that if she questions Kavanaugh without Ford’s testimony, “it will be because by not going, this is going to disadvantage and victimize Dr. Ford even more.”
Ford says that Kavanaugh and his former classmate, Mark Judge, trapped her in a bedroom and Kavanaugh allegedly tried to remove her clothes. She also says Kavanaugh put his hand over her mouth when she tried to scream, and the attack was thwarted when Judge jumped on them. Judge, like Kavanaugh, has denied the incident occurred.
Hirono called for Judge to be subpoenaed by the Committee, as his testimony is also needed.
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