Mazie K Hirono

Senate Judiciary Returns to Business as Usual After Kavanaugh
No protesters. No extra security. No media buzz. And Lindsey Graham barely said a word

After a few weeks of passionate speeches, Sen. Lindsey Graham was subdued Thursday as the Judiciary Committee got back to business as usual. (Jim Bourg/Reuters/Pool)

Life after the Brett Kavanaugh fight got off to a subdued start Thursday for the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Gone was the energetic buzz of news media, protesters and police officers that filled the hallway outside the committee’s hearing room in prior weeks. Inside the room, the senators spoke only in muted tones that contrasted sharply with the passionate speeches just two weeks earlier during a committee vote on the Supreme Court pick.

Mazie Hirono: ‘I Think Lindsey Is Channeling Trump’
Hawaii Democratic senator replies to GOP Sen. Graham’s criticism of Kavanaugh confirmation ‘mob rule’

Sen. Mazie Hirono dropped some choice remarks on her Judiciary Committee colleague. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

In Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham’s sharp critique of her, Sen. Mazie K. Hirono hears echoes of his party’s standard-bearer.

“I do think Lindsey is channeling [President Donald] Trump to a great extent,” the Hawaii Democrat said Tuesday in an interview with the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. “Frankly, it is so outrageous. It just shows that they will say anything to win.”

Kavanaugh Saga Shows ‘Very Scary’ Dynamic for Men, Trump says
President, who has faced his own sexual misconduct charges, wants vote this week

President Donald Trump addresses the press before departing for Dallas, Texas where he will make an appearance at at the National Rifle Association convention on May 4, 2018. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call)

President Donald Trump on Tuesday said the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination drama has exposed a “very scary time” for young men in the United States because one accusation could ruin an otherwise “perfect” life.

As he departed the White House for remarks to a crowd of electrical contractors and then a fundraiser and a campaign rally in north Mississippi, the president also endorsed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s intention to hold a floor vote on Kavanaugh’s now-controversial nomination this week.

Sen. Hirono Says Donald Trump Jr. Has ‘Fear and Mistrust’ of Women
President’s son said he was more concerned for his sons than daughters in #MeToo age

Hawaii Democratic Sen. Mazie Hirono said too many men believe that stories of sexual assault are made up. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Mazie Hirono criticized Donald Trump Jr. for suggesting he is more concerned for his sons when it comes to sexual assault claims than he is for his daughters because his sons could one day face false allegations of sexual misconduct toward women.

Hirono, a Hawaii Democrat who has gained a reputation during Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation process as a no-nonsense champion of sexual assault survivors, told CNN that the president’s son’s comments stem from a “fear and mistrust of women.”

Dems Have Walked Out Over Guns, and Now Kavanaugh
Kamala Harris and Mazie Hirono aren’t the only ones to make a dramatic exit in the Trump era

Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and a handful of other Democrats headed for the exits Friday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

As a group of Democrats strode out of the hearing room Friday morning, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley wasn’t pleased.

“You folks who are photographers know that you’re supposed to sit down,” he said over the clicking cameras.

Democrats Protest ‘Railroad Job’ After Kavanaugh Vote Set
Senators storm out, Booker and Harris refuse to vote

A woman holds up her handcuffed hands while being arrested for sitting in outside of the Judicial Committee meeting on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court Friday Sept. 28, 2018. (Photo By Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call)

Sparks flew even before the Senate Judiciary Committee started a hearing to vote on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh for a seat on the Supreme Court, as two women confronted Sen. Jeff Flake in an elevator.

“Look at me when I talk to you!” one of the women yelled at the Arizona Republican just minutes after he announced he would vote to confirm the federal judge.

3 Takeaways From Christine Blasey Ford’s Testimony
Difficult to discern where GOP’s hired questioner is going — so far

Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a party 36 years ago, testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday. (POOL PHOTO / SAUL LOEB / AFP)

Christine Blasey Ford delivered sometimes-powerful testimony Thursday as she described what she claims was a 1982 sexual assault by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Republican senators, however, have said virtually nothing to defend him.

“The stairwell. The living room. The bedroom. The bed on the right side of the room. … The bathroom in close proximity,” she said when asked what she can’t forget about that night. “The laughter — the uproarious laughter. And the multiple attempts to escape and the final ability to do so.”

Road Ahead: McConnell and Kavanaugh Set the Tone for the Week
Funding, authorization deadlines must work around Supreme Court chaos

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., exits the senators-only elevator as he arrives in the Capitol on Monday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The dissonance in Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s speech opening the Senate floor Monday set the tone for the week on Capitol Hill.

On the one hand, Republicans and Democrats will be at each other’s throats over how they’re handling the growing number of sexual assault allegations directed at Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. On the other hand, they need to reach out for each other’s hands to ensure they get deals to fund the government past the end of the Sept. 30 fiscal year and meet other important deadlines. 

Don’t Call Mazie Hirono a Badass. Call Her a Leader.
Hawaii Democrat is much more than a meme

Sen. Mazie Hirono dropped some choice remarks on her Judiciary Committee colleagues, and the internet went wild. Americans have been without female leadership for so long that it knocks them over when they see it, Murphy writes. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

OPINION — Sen. Mazie Hirono is a badass, in case you haven’t been following the Brett Kavanaugh hearings. 

Also, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is notorious, like a rapper. And when Rep. Maxine Waters reclaimed her time last year, she suddenly became everybody’s favorite feisty aunt who isn’t putting up with your fresh talk anymore.

Kavanaugh Undeterred by Sexual Assault Allegations
Trump and Senate Republicans stood by him Monday

Protesters assemble at the Supreme Court on Monday to oppose the nomination of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh after new allegations of sexual misconduct emerged. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans showed no signs of faltering in their support for embattled Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who again insisted Monday that he wanted to clear his name at a public hearing this week after a second allegation of sexual misconduct emerged Sunday night.

As hundreds of protesters gathered at different spots on Capitol Hill to oppose his confirmation, Kavanaugh sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee to say he would not withdraw his nomination and looks forward to the hearing set for Thursday. The federal appeals court judge characterized allegations of sexual misconduct against him as “smears, pure and simple.”