Anita Hill blasts Senate panel amid Kavanaugh allegations

Remigio Civitarese
Settembre 19, 2018

Ford, who has stepped out publicly as the woman who wrote a letter accusing Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, graduated from Holton-Arms School in 1984, which would mean that she overlapped time periods with Kavanaugh by three years; he graduated from Georgetown Prep in 1983.

"We are alumnae of Holton-Arms School, and we are writing in support of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, a fellow Holton graduate". "It doesn't look good in light of the sexual assault allegation Judge Kavanaugh is now facing".

Now 27 years after the hearings with Thomas and Hill, there are new allegations against another Republican nominee.

"We are not going to allow a last-minute smear campaign destroy a good and decent man who has an unblemished personal record", a conservative strategist told ABC News.

Meanwhile, key members the Trump administration, including the president himself, continue to defend Kavanaugh.

"I have never done anything like what the accuser describes - to her or to anyone", Kavanaugh said on Monday.

"The group has also been promoting the hashtag "#IBelieveChristine" on it's Twitter account in an effort to boost pressure on GOP lawmakers. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), who is on the committee, said she believes Ford is telling the truth, and emphasized that "the American public deserves to know the character of someone who will serve for his entire life on the highest court in our country".

Hill, whose credibility and reputation were on trial during the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings for Clarence Thomas, had urged the Senate to establish a protocol to assess sexual misconduct claims that emerge during the confirmation process.

In a press call Monday afternoon, leaders from several progressive organizations said the allegation against Kavanaugh should force his withdrawal.

With Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation still in the balance, Republicans on the hill and in Trump's White House are scurrying to try to discredit Ford's story the best they can.

In a letter addressed to committee chairman Chuck Grassley, and obtained by the Guardian, Ford's attorneys argue that "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".

Asked if he had offered to withdraw from the process, Trump snarled: "Next question".

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