Anita Hill says FBI investigation needed

Anita Hill says FBI investigation needed

Kerry Wise
September 20, 2018

California psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford has accused Mr Kavanaugh of assaulting her at a party back in the early 1980s, but he denies the allegation.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley said Tuesday his staff has reached out to Christine Blasey Ford by email "three or four times" to map out plans for a public hearing next Monday without receiving a response. She claims she thought he might kill her; he denies all her allegations. Many of us heard a buzz about it indirectly with few specific details", Cristina Miranda King-who says Ford was "a year or so behind her"-claimed in Facebook post that she deleted after being overwhelmed with media inquiries".

He has also cast fresh doubt on whether the alleged attack even happened.

"Look, if she shows up and makes a credible showing, that will be very interesting and we'll have to make a decision", Trump told reporters at the White House.

Professor Blasey Ford's lawyers say their client has been the target of "vicious harassment and even death threats" since coming forward.

But Grassley says an FBI investigation wouldn't have any bearing on Ford's testimony so "there is no reason for further delay".

Republican Sen. Susan Collins of ME, who has been wooed by Kavanaugh opponents hoping she'll vote with the Democrats, tweeted Tuesday she was "respectfully recommending" that at Monday's hearing the counsel for Ford be allowed to question Kavanaugh.

They dismissed the possibility of an FBI investigation and urged Blasey to tell her story during the committee's scheduled hearing on Monday, either publicly or behind closed doors.

"I find that very, well frankly it makes me angry", Guerry said on ABC News' "The Briefing Room".

"I think it's a very unfair thing what's going on", Mr. Trump said.

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"If she shows up, that would be wonderful", Trump said. "If she doesn't, that would be unfortunate".

Democrats said they wanted more time for the FBI to investigate - and more witnesses besides Kavanaugh and Ford, hoping to avoid what would turn into merely a "he said, she said" moment.

Ford went public with her story Sunday, telling The Washington Post that Kavanaugh had forced himself on her in a bedroom at a party when he was 17 and she was 15, attempting to remove her clothes and clapping his hand over her mouth when she tried to scream.

U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono didn't mince words Tuesday when discussing sex assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh - and how the Senate Judiciary Committee should handle them. "It demands a thorough and independent investigation before the Senate can reasonably vote on Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to a lifetime seat on the nation's highest court".

But Democrats want a substantial delay to the process that could draw out past November's midterm elections when they have a chance of retaking a Senate majority. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) to testify Monday.

October 11, 1991: Hill testifies that Thomas had sexually harassed her while she worked with him at the Education Department and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

He added that he wants to hear what Ford has to say about her accusations.

Kavanaugh said in a statement on Monday that Ford made "a completely false allegation".

Anita Hill - whose allegation against Clarence Thomas has drawn endless parallels with the Ford-Kavanaugh controversy - says the accuser must not be hurried. The objective is to determine whether or not Kavanaugh is fit to serve on the Supreme Court for decades and thus have the power to rule on the rights of women to have autonomy over their bodies.