Dem senator lays bare Kavanaugh pick: 'Trump nominated him because of Mueller and to be free from prosecution'
Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) (Screen cap).

U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono, a Democrat representing Hawaii, charged this week that President Donald Trump had nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court to as a way to avoid prosecution in the Mueller investigation.


According to Fox News reporter Chad Pergram, Hirono told Fox News producer Anne Ball that she was cynical about Trump's Supreme Court nomination.

"I think Trump nominated him because of Mueller and to be free from prosecution," Hirono reportedly said.

Pergram also noted that Sen. Richard Blumenthal had called Kavanaugh's nomination a "get out of jail free card" for Trump.

In 2009, Kavanaugh wrote that "the President should be excused from some of the burdens of ordinary citizenship while serving in office," including prosecutions.