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Anita Hill: Senate should ‘pause’ Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation

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Anita
Hill appeared on “Good Morning America”, and said she thinks the
Senate should properly investigate the sex assault claim against
Brett Kavanaugh.


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  • Anita Hill appeared on “Good Morning America Wednesday”
    morning to discuss Brett Kavanaugh.
  • Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hit a wall last week
    when a woman came foward to accuse him of attempted rape.
  • Hill herself was involved in a similar scandal in 1991, when
    she accused then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual
    harassment.
  • On Wednesday, Hill said she believes Kavanaugh’s confirmation
    be brought to a halt while the FBI investigates the claim.

Anita Hill, who accused Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment when
he was nominated to the Supreme Court in 1991, has spoken out on
the recent allegation against Brett Kavanaugh — the latest
nominee to America’s highest court.

In an interview on “Good
Morning America
” Wednesday morning, Hill, now a professor at
Brandeis University, said she thinks the Senate Judiciary
Committee should “push the pause button” on Kavanaugh’s
confirmation hearings and have the FBI thoroughly investigate the
claim Christine Blasey Ford has
made.

Ford, a well-respected psychologist, claims that Kavanaugh
attempted to rape her at a high school party in the 1980s.
Kavanaugh has firmly denied the claim.
Ford’s lawyer said her client was willing to testify before the
Senate Judiciary Committee, but that the FBI should conduct an
investigation first
.

Hill agreed with that course of action on Wednesday, saying “a
neutral investigation that can pull together the facts” is “the
right move” so senators can develop their questions off of that.

“Also helpful would be bringing in expert testimony or experts
who can help them shape the questions that they’re going to ask,”
Hill said. “All of this is really something that I don’t think
can be avoided if you really want to get to the truth.”


Anita Hill 1991
Hill
testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee in 1991, when she
accused then Supreme Court-nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual
harassment.


AP


So far, it appears that the Republican majority will not be
taking that course of action. On Tuesday, Senate Judiciary
Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley said there’s “no reason for any
further delay” on Kavanaugh’s confirmation.

Hill warns that if they push Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing
through, it will come across as a “sham.”

She then drew comparisons to her own testimony before the Senate
Judiciary Committee in 1991, which came just five days after she
accused then Supreme Court-nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual
harassment in the workplace. After the highly publicized hearing,
Thomas was confirmed anyway.

The committee invited Kavanaugh and Ford to
testify next Monday
, just a little more than a week after
she publicly accused him in
the Washington Post.

‘It is an honor and a privilege to be nominated and to serve, it
is not an entitlement’


Brett Kavanaugh
Supreme
Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has been accused of attempting to
rape Christine Blasey Ford in the 1980s. He has denied the
allegation.


J.
Scott Applewhite/AP



Hill said “anyone who has been involved in anything similar to
this” knows that it takes time to come to the truth, especially
for “senators who probably know very little about these kinds of
claims.”

She said they should halt Kavanaugh’s confirmation so they can
have a hearing “that is impartial, that is not biased by politics
or by myth.” By pushing Kavanaugh’s hearing through “at this
pace,” Hill said, the American people “are really under the
impression that the Senate doesn’t take this seriously.”

Thoroughly investigating the claim is important because the
outcome of the confirmation “will change the trajectories of both
of their lives,” Hill said. She pointed out that Ford’s life has
already been impacted, since she’s had to move her family into
hiding after receiving death threats
.

It will also affect Americans at large, because of the power the
Supreme Court holds.

“We are talking about an appointment for a lifetime on this
nation’s highest court, making decisions that are going to affect
Americans probably for decades given the value of precedent. It
is an honor and a privilege to be nominated and to serve, it is
not an entitlement,” Hill said.

She continued: “And so a person coming into that position on the
Supreme Court for a lifetime really has to have the full
confidence of the American public. We need to be able to believe
in the integrity of our courts, and that means believing in the
integrity of the individuals who are on it.”

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