Kavanaugh: Clarence Thomas 2.0?

Kavanaugh: Clarence Thomas 2.0?

Christine Blasey Ford wants the FBI to investigate her allegation that she was sexually assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh before she testifies at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing next week, her lawyers said in a letter sent Tuesday to the panel.

The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a hearing for Monday at which Kavanaugh will testify. Senate Republicans hold a 51-49 majority and can not afford two or more Republicans voting against Kavanaugh's nomination unless they pick up votes from Democrats.

Former Vice President Joe Biden, then the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and a potential contender for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, has been criticized for his handling of Hill's allegations. Stephanie Conway McGill said, "I stand by the letter I signed". "It's a process, speaking for all of the Republicans, we want to give everybody a chance to say what they want to say".

Christine Blasey Ford, now a clinical psychology professor at Palo Alto University in California, told The Washington Post that a drunken Kavanaugh groped her and tried to take off her clothes at a party when both were teenagers at high schools in suburban Maryland.

"Senator Mike Lee has also been a big defender of Brett Kavanaugh, but he has been a little more circumspect since we learned on the Washington Post on Sunday who this alleged victim was, when she came forward". Kavanaugh has denied the allegation, calling it "completely false". Kavanaugh has denied the allegations, which Hatch seems to accept.

Referring to the attention that Blasey's allegation has received ― including Sen. Both accusers initially sought to stay anonymous but later changed their minds.

The situation could draw parallels with Justice Clarence Thomas' 1991 confirmation hearings when he faced allegations of sexual harassment from Anita Hill.

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Republicans aggressively questioned Hill, who is also black, suggesting that she had made up the unwelcome advances from Thomas and trying to raise doubts about her stability.

Thomas was confirmed - though by a 52-28 margin, the closest in modern history - but only after days of testimony from witnesses about his interactions with Hill in different government jobs.

But on both sides of the aisle, there was wide agreement that the questioning of Thomas and Hill was not the Senate Judiciary Committee's finest hour.

"If they wanted to be, I would certainly do that, but as you know, they say this is not really their thing".

By comparison, the current committee has 11 Republicans, all men, and 10 Democrats, four of whom are women. A half dozen women won Senate races that year and early in 1993.

An attorney for Mark Judge sent the committee a letter on Tuesday in which Judge said he no memory of the incident or the party where Ford says it took place. "The Senate must recognize that investigations and public hearings are systemically stacked against survivors of sexual assault-in this case, shifting the burden from Kavanaugh, who has already lied to the Senate, to Ford, who has no reason to lie". "With years of hindsight, mounds of evidence of the prevalence and harm that sexual violence causes individuals and our institutions, as well as a Senate with more women than ever, "not getting it' isn't an option for our elected representatives".

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