Anita Hill Weighs In On Kavanaugh: It's Still 'Incredibly Difficult' For Accusers

Lester Mason
September 16, 2018

"I did not do this back in high school or at any time", Kavanaugh said in the statement.

A group of 65 women signed a letter attesting to his character. In particular, he has always treated women with decency and respect.

The show of support for Kavanaugh was organized by his former law clerks.

In 1991, Anita Hill testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee claiming Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas sexually harassed her when she worked with him at the Education Department and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

A spokeswoman for Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., declined to confirm reports that the congresswoman had forwarded a letter containing the allegations to Feinstein. Two other people familiar with the matter confirmed it concerned an incident alleged to have occurred in high school.

Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, a Republican member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said he won't let Kavanaugh's confirmation be stalled by the allegation, which he called "wholly unverifiable". A spokesman for the chairman said Kavanaugh has completed six Federal Bureau of Investigation background checks between 1993 and 2018, and that Feinstein, who obtained the letter in July, did not raise the issue during the hearings or attend a closed session on the nomination where the information could have been discussed.

Shortly after Feinstein's statement was released, White House spokesperson Kerri Kupec criticized the timing.

"Senator Feinstein was given information about Judge Kavanaugh through a third party". Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski go against the party line.

Under pressure from other Democratic senators, who had been fighting a pitched battle against Judge Kavanaugh for weeks - largely over access to documents from his years in the George W. Bush White House - Ms. Feinstein called a meeting late Wednesday to share with the lawmakers the letter's contents but not the letter itself.

A full vote by the Senate is expected by the end of the month.

She continued: "The Senate Judiciary Committee should put in place a process that enables anyone with a complaint of this nature to be heard".

"Even in the #MeToo era, it remains incredibly hard to report harassment, abuse or assault by people in power", she said. "Given the seriousness of these allegations, the government needs to find a fair and neutral way for complaints to be investigated".

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