As Senate weighs Kavanaugh, Thomas example offers cautions

Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies during the second day of his Supreme Court confirmation hearing

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Almost three decades after her own courageous 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.

The Salt Lake Tribune's Washington bureau chief, Thomas Burr, says Senator Hatch's response then is pretty similar to his response now, as allegations of sexual misconduct have come out against Brett Kavanaugh.

Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins, one of the key swing votes on the nomination, said she wanted both Kavanaugh and Ford to testify under oath before the Senate Judiciary Committee, which plans to vote on the nomination Thursday. Sen.

Senator Chuck Grassley said Ms Ford has not responded to attempts by the Republican-led judiciary committee, which oversees the confirmation process, to contact her. While Republican senators and some Democrats have criticized Feinstein for keeping quiet about the claims until last week, Leahy said he would not "second-guess" his successor.

The psychology professor at Palo Alto University in California, who goes by Christine Blasey professionally, told The Washington Post that she had feared Kavanaugh "might inadvertently kill" her as he held her down and groped her while they were high school students in the 1980s. Kavanaugh has denied the allegation, calling it "completely false".

But the Department of Justice, referring back to a statement released Monday, says the Federal Bureau of Investigation fulfilled its role by forwarding a letter to the White House Counsel's Office. "If we don't hear from both sides on Monday, let's vote", Corker posted on Twitter late Tuesday night.

Kavanaugh has denied the accusation.

But Democrats, already staunchly opposed to President Trump's nominee, wrote their own letter to Mr Grassley objecting to the format of having Judge Kavanaugh and Prof Ford as the only witnesses.

Ford's husband Russell said that he recalled her mention of Kavanaugh by name. The book describes being an alcoholic in high school and even features a cameo by someone he calls "Bart O'Kavanaugh" who puked in someone's vehicle and passed out on his way back from a party.

"I find her allegations worth looking into professionally", Leahy said in the interview.

The correspondence says "a full investigation by law enforcement officials will ensure that the crucial facts and witnesses in this matter are assessed in a non-partisan manner, and that the Committee is fully informed before conducting any hearing or making any decisions".

"She could do it privately if she prefers, or publicly if she prefers", McConnell said, adding, "Monday is her opportunity". Both are now slated to testify at a public hearing on Monday - a situation that has elicited comparisons to Hill's testimony, where she faced intense scrutiny and changed the national conversation about sexual harassment.

There are no Republican women on the Senate Judiciary Committee but they're still in the spotlight because of the nature of the allegations.

"I feel so badly for him that he's going through this, to be honest with you", the Republican president told a news conference. But she ultimately decided not to come forward with her allegation. "He will make a superb Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States".

Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, released Judge's statement after the committee's staff reached out to him about testifying in front of a Senate panel.

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