Almost three decades after her own fearless testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee during the confirmation hearings for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas in 1991, Anita Hill on Tuesday spoke out about the allegations of sexual assault against Brett Kavanaugh and urged lawmakers not to repeat the mistakes that were made back then. We've heard from neither Kavanaugh nor Ford but she's already passing the hat.
"While Dr. Ford's life was being turned upside down, you and your staff scheduled a public hearing for her to testify at the same table as Judge Kavanaugh in front of two dozen U.S. Senators on national television to relive this traumatic and harrowing incident", the letter reads.
But Ford's lawyers say in a letter to Committee Chairman, Republican Chuck Grassley, that some of the senators on the committee "appear to have made up their minds" and believe Kavanaugh. "Now, if she doesn't want to come, that's her call".
But Ford's red line about handing this over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation first thrusts Senate Republicans onto thin ice in an already extremely delicate situation: Do they proceed with Kavanaugh's nomination if she won't play by their rules, as some were threatening to do, and risk making it look more like they aren't taking her accusation seriously?
Trump is praising Kavanaugh as one of the finest people he's known. They will look at what she had to say from 36 years ago. Her lawyers said Tuesday night that Christine Blasey Ford wants the FBI to investigate her claim first before any Senate hearing.
'I am issuing this statement today to make it clear to all involved that I have no knowledge of the party in question; nor do I have any knowledge of the allegations of improper conduct she has leveled against Brett Kavanaugh. They also want more witnesses besides Kavanaugh and Ford, hoping to avoid what they said would turn into a "he-said-she-said" moment. She says that a small group of students were drinking at a home in suburban Maryland, and that Kavanaugh and a friend, Mark Judge, were heavily intoxicated. She said President George H.W. Bush had asked the FBI to investigate Anita Hill's allegations against Thomas.
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The problem for Republicans is that this allegation comes at the worst possible time for them, politically. Both loudly stumbled down the stair well at which point other persons at the house were talking with them.
She said: "He was trying to attack me and remove my clothing". Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, two moderates who have yet to announce their positions on Kavanaugh and aren't on the Judiciary Committee.
US President Donald Trump said earlier he expected "a little delay" to confirming his nominee.
Yet a few Republicans have suggested there may have to be a delay, at least in the Judiciary vote on the nominee - which was scheduled for this Thursday - in order to hear from Ford.
Meanwhile Mr Trump has said he is not anxious about what his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who is co-operating with the USA special counsel's probe into Russian election meddling, will tell prosecutors, as long as he is truthful. And I just want to say to the men in this country: Just shut up and step up. "She doesn't know how she got there, when it was and so that would logically be something where she would get questions". Given the politics, given energized women voters, given the new climate about sexual harassment, "it's very important that they give due respect to Dr. Ford".
The FBI said Tuesday that it does not investigate those types of cases.