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Hirono releases confidential Kavanaugh email expressing views on Native Hawaiians

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U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, questions U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on his views of Native Hawaiians.
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Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, right, questioned President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh as he testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, on the second day of Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing to replace retired Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh wrote that “any program targeting Native Hawaiians as a group is subject to strict scrutiny and of questionable validity under the Constitution,” according to a confidential email released by U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono this morning.

Kavanaugh’s 2002 email was written during his time serving in President George W. Bush’s administration.

Kavanaugh was advising the Treasury Department on upcoming testimony related to capital investment in “Indian country.”

Hirono tweeted: “These are the docs R(epublicans) don’t want you to see—because they show that Judge Kavanaugh wrongly believes that Native Hawaiian programs are Constitutionally questionable. I defy anyone reading this to be able to conclude that it should be deemed confidential in any way, shape, or form.”

Hirono, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, also grilled Kavanaugh during yesterday’s confirmation hearings on his views on Native Hawaiians.

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