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Sen. Hirono, key critic of Kavanaugh defenders, ‘steps up’ anger at GOP

Sen. Hirono, key critic of Kavanaugh defenders, ‘steps up’ anger at GOP

Democratic Sen. Mazie Hirono's voice dripped with disgust as she evaluated how Republicans have treated the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were in high school.

"You know what? They've extended a finger," the junior senator from Hawaii said in an interview Thursday. "That's how I look at it."

Hirono has emerged as a leading critic of the GOP's handling of Christine Blasey Ford's allegation against Kavanaugh and one of Ford's staunchest defenders, eclipsing higher-profile Democratic senators, including some with presidential aspirations who have angled for attention.

The 70-year-old first-term...

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