Anita Hill Calls for 'Fair and Neutral' Probes of Allegations

Evarado Alatorre
Setiembre 20, 2018

Jennifer Wexton, a Democrat running for Congress in Northern Virginia, tweeted that she believed Ford, while Sean Casten, a Democrat looking to take a suburban Chicago seat, wrote that any senator who votes for Kavanaugh after these allegations "is endorsing his behavior".

"As that same committee, on which sit some of the same members as almost three decades ago, now moves forward with the Kavanaugh confirmation proceedings, the integrity of the court, the country's commitment to addressing sexual violence as a matter of public interest, and the lives of the two principal witnesses who will be testifying hang in the balance", Hill wrote.

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.

She says, look, I signed a letter because the allegation that came out seemed so unlikely, I felt compelled to step up and say, this is not the guy that I knew.

"The facts underlying Christine Blasey Ford's claim of being sexually assaulted by a young Brett Kavanaugh will continue to be revealed as confirmation proceedings unfold".

Ford has said Kavanaugh was drunk and that he jumped on her and tried to pull off her clothes at the party. But the nomination process was quickly upended when the allegations of Anita Hill, an attorney from Oklahoma, became public. Will the #MeToo movement make a difference in Kavanaugh's confirmation? Both accusers initially sought to stay anonymous but later changed their minds.

In 1991, when Hill was a law professor at the University of Oklahoma, she testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee that she had been sexually harassed by Thomas when she worked with him at the Education Department and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

But, Grassley said, Hill's accusations weren't public at the time.

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Thomas barely survived the charges made by Hill, getting confirmed by a narrow 52-48 vote.

Hill noted some of the members that were on the Senate Judiciary Committee when she testified in 1991 are still on the committee including Vermont Sen.

By comparison, the current committee has 11 Republicans, all men, and 10 Democrats, four of whom are women.

"There were only two women senators before the Hill/Thomas hearings, now there are 23".

Coming just a year before the 1992 presidential and congressional elections, the hearings were credited with helping spur the first year of the woman in American politics. "I spoke with the Judiciary Committee about it early in September, and through a number of discussions, it was not until the 20th of September that an F.B.I. investigation was suggested to me", Hill said.

That's what was happening in October of 1991 when Anita Hill alleged pervasive sexual harassment by her former boss, Clarence Thomas.

In a statement issued Friday, Hill said, "I have seen firsthand what happens when such a process is weaponized against an accuser, and no one should have to endure that again".

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