Hirono: Any Future Clinton Investigation Would Be 'Beating a Dead Horse', a 'Witch Hunt'

November 15, 2018

Sen. Mazie Hirono (D., Hawaii) responded to questions about a potential congressional investigation into Hillary Clinton's email controversy by saying the idea was like "beating ... a dead horse." She clarified, however, that she was not calling Clinton herself a dead horse.

"The fact that [GOP members of the Senate] continue to want to go after Hillary Clinton says to me they are not paying attention to what's going on in our country," Hirono told CNN's Brianna Keiler. "Dragging in Hillary Clinton says to me they keep beating what I would consider a dead horse. Not to say she is a dead horse."

The "witch hunt for Hillary Clinton" was, according to Hirono, raised by Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearings, and would continue if Sen. Lindsay Graham (R., S.C.) took over leadership of the Senate Judiciary Committee from Sen. Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa).

When asked if he would investigate Clinton if appointed chairman of the committee, Graham told CNN "totally" and said "the oversight function will be very much front and center."

Hirono said Congress should instead focus on "investigating the things that raise huge issues about voter suppression, counting every vote, and making sure that our democracy is not interfered with by Russians."