Senator Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) has been criticized for sending a fundraising email Thursday morning during the start of the Congressional hearing on sexual allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Hirono said the email was sent in error, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader.
According to CNN reporter Kate Bennett, she received the email less than 30 minutes into the opening remarks.
The email states, “I am about to ask you to make a donation to support my re-election campaign before the FEC fundraising deadline on Sunday. Can you give me a quick second to explain why this request is so important, especially today?”
Here’s the main reason: I am spending every minute of my day fighting the Republicans who are desperate to rush Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination and deny a fair investigation into the credible sexual misconduct allegations against him.
This has to be my focus. I’m going to continue to prepare and demand a thorough investigation into these claims — and I am going to fight to make sure Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, Deborah Ramirez, and any other women who courageously steps forward to tell her story isn’t smeared by conservatives ready to walk over these credible claims against Kavanaugh.”
Bennett tweeted, “here come the fundraising-off-Kavanaugh-hearing emails -- less than 30 minutes into opening remarks,” then specified the source of the email.
The hearing on Thursday, which was still going on at deadline, has included emotional testimony from both Kavanaugh and his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford.