Not a Surprise: Anita Hill Weighs In

Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and some others received a letter from the alleged victim earlier in the summer.

September 12, 1991: According to then-Sen.

"Whenever the Federal Bureau of Investigation is dispatched, every committee member should be notified about the nature of the allegation and have access to that report". Orrin Hatch of Utah claims to welcome further investigation into Ms. Ford's accusations but in the same breath casts the matter in a politcal light, claiming it has been orchestrated by Democrats to deny Mr. Kavanaugh a seat on the court.

Attorneys for Blasey said Tuesday night that she will not agree to testify before the Senate, which has planned a hearing next week, until the FBI investigates her claims.

In that case, the FBI had investigated Anita Hill's claims, but the full committee wasn't notified before holding the vote. He has called on Texas voters to support progressive Democratic Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke, suggested that Trump nominate Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court, and attacked Nikki Haley for criticizing a book that falsely intimated she had slept with Trump.

September 23, 1991: Biden says in a statement reported in the Times that this is the date on which Hill agreed to allow the FBI to investigate the allegations.

Then-White House deputy press secretary Judy Smith said in a statement published by Newsday on October 6, 1991, that Hill's allegations of harassment were "brought to the attention of the Judiciary Committee" on September 23 - a time frame that differs from Hill's account - and the committee "immediately" informed the White House. "The Senate must recognize that investigations and public hearings are systemically stacked against survivors of sexual assault-in this case, shifting the burden from Kavanaugh, who has already lied to the Senate, to Ford, who has no reason to lie". "The White House reviewed the report and determined that the allegation was unfounded", the statement said. He has full power to do just as he recommended 27 years ago.


Despite more than $8 million in spending on targeted ads meant to influence Senate votes of Kavanaugh, there has been little evidence to this point that his nomination would have much of an impact on the fall's political landscape.

Five days after Thomas' confirmation hearings, Hill testified before Congress that Thomas had harassed her when he was her supervisor at the Civil Rights office of the Education Department.

From a 2013 interview with Anna Maria Tremonti on The Current, Anita Hill explains what is needed to "monumentally change" the public conversation on sexual harassment.

Hill is withholding her judgment on Kavanaugh until she hears the testimony.

Yet it's impossible to miss the parallels between the Kavanaugh confirmation hearing of 2018 and the 1991 confirmation hearing for Justice Clarence Thomas.

In 1991, Clarence Thomas was heading toward what appeared to be a fairly straightforward confirmation vote to replace Thurgood Marshall on the nation's high court.

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