Senator Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is calling bullshit on her Republican colleagues — literally.
In a recent interview with ABC News, Sen. Hirono scoffed at committee chairman Charles Grassley’s (R-Iowa) claim that Republicans on the committee were doing everything they can to contact Dr. Christine Blasey Ford — the woman who publicly accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a high school party when they were teenagers — were “bullshit.”
“We’re not consulted at all. I would like to have us come together and figure out what is the best way to proceed,” Sen. Hirono told ABC. “Not this seat of the pants stuff and the latest being a letter from the chairman to the democrats saying we have done everything we can to contact her… that is such bullshit I can hardly say it.”
… that is such bullshit I can hardly say it.”
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Since Dr. Blasey Ford came forward publicly, Sen. Grassley has said he wanted her to testify under oath before the committee — or in a private session, depending on her preference. Grassley even offered to send some of the committee’s staff to Northern California, where Dr. Blasey Ford lives, in order to get her to testify.
However, Kavanaugh’s accuser has said she won’t testify until the FBI investigates her allegations. In a statement issued Wednesday, Dr. Blasey Ford’s attorney, Lisa Banks, said that the judiciary committee scheduled hearing on Monday is premature, since Kavanaugh’s friend, Mark Judge — who was said to be in the room during the alleged assault — was not asked to testify with Kavanaigh and Dr. Ford.
“[Dr. Ford] continues to believe that a full non-partisan investigation of this matter is needed and she is willing to cooperate with the Committee,” Banks said in the statement. “However, the Committee’s stated plan to move forward with a hearing that has only two witnesses is not a fair or good faith investigation; there are multiple witnesses whose names have appeared publicly and should be included in any proceeding.”
Sen. Grassley is opposed to the FBI looking into the allegations, saying Democrats’ call for the FBI to investigate is “a fundamental misunderstanding of the FBI background investigation process” and that there was not enough time for a proper investigation. In a column published Wednesday evening, Talking Points Memo publisher Josh Marshall said Grassley’s argument that there was no time for the FBI to look into the allegations amounted to “shameless lies.”
“[T]his is as brazen and transparent as Senate Republicans’ corrupt decision to steal a Supreme Court seat two and a half years ago,” Marshall wrote. “Even by the most cynical standard, there’s plenty of time for a simple review of the facts. The problem with time is this: Grassley and his colleagues are worried that any investigation won’t go well for them or for Kavanaugh. If it doesn’t, they may not have time to push through a second nominee before the election. That’s the rush.”
Scott Alden is a freelance contributor covering national politics, education, and environmental issues. He is a proud Toledo University graduate, and lives in the suburbs of Detroit.