The junior senator from Hawaii was featured prominently in national media Wednesday after asking tough questions of Attorney General William Barr.

Mazie Hirono, a Democrat, accused Barr of lying to Congress over the Mueller report and demanded that he resign.

Hirono, as CNN reported, said Barr betrayed the American public’s trust.

A screen shot from the website of The Hill, May 1, 2019. 

Hirono’s remarks prompted Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina to accuse her of slandering Barr.

“I do not think that I’m slandering anyone,” Hirono responded.

Noting the news, NPR on Wednesday reminded listeners via Twitter of a story on Hirono from last summer:

Mazie Hirono used to be known as the “good girl” of Hawaii politics.

She was seen as polite, never in-your-face, not a boat-rocker. But now, that view has changed.

As one Hawaii columnist put it, she is a “badass.”

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