Democratic Senator Mazie Hirono asked Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett if she had ever sexually assaulted someone.
During the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on Tuesday, the senator from Hawaii cited a statement from Chief Justice John Roberts in 2017 in which he acknowledged that the judiciary “is not immune” from the problem of sexual misconduct, Hirono said it is her duty “to ensure the fitness of nominees” for positions that have lifetime appointments.
“Since you became a legal adult, have you ever made unwanted requests for sexual favors, or committed any physical or verbal harassment or assault of a sexual nature?” Hirono asked.
“No, Senator Hirono,” Barrett replied.
“Have you ever faced discipline or entered into a settlement related to this kind of conduct?” Hirono then asked.
“No, Senator,” Barrett said.
Hirono noted that she asks those two questions of all nominees who come before committees on which she sits.
After that Hirono asked questions related to Barrett’s judicial philosophy.