Christine Blasey Ford, a California professor, came forward Sunday to accuse Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were both high school teenagers in Maryland in the early 1980s.
"If we did not think that the Clarence Thomas hearings was going to be an issue in 2020, well, I think what is going on with Judge Kavanaugh and Professor Ford, I think it now guarantees that it will become an issue for Vice President Biden should he run in 2020", said Solis Doyle, a CNN political commentator.
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. It was still unclear on Wednesday whether Ford will testify at that hearing, following her lawyers' request that the FBI investigate her allegation before she speaks to lawmakers.
"We went over and they were, indeed, having a meeting", Norton said. But she added that he needs to more directly explain his role in the Thomas hearings should he run.
Then-White House deputy press secretary Judy Smith said in a statement published by Newsday on October 6, 1991, that Hill's allegations of harassment were "brought to the attention of the Judiciary Committee" on September 23 - a time frame that differs from Hill's account - and the committee "immediately" informed the White House.More news: European leaders pour scorn on British PM's Brexit plan
That senator was Chuck Grassley, who is no longer just a member of the Judiciary committee, he's the chairman. "That context will no doubt influence how the current drama develops, just as will today's intense partisanship and Republicans' grip on the Senate".
Norton worked with Hill to get ready for the hearings and came away impressed.
And we were able to over the last couple of days reach out to 30 of those women.
"She was poised; she was low-key; she was lawyer-like - indeed, she is a lawyer". "But of course it wasn't". Instead, the accusation of something alleged to have taken place 36 years ago was sprung on the Senate at the eleventh hour.
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Hill accused Thomas of describing to her "acts that he had seen in pornographic films involving such matters as women having sex with animals and films showing group sex or rape scenes", asking her out on repeated occasions and discussing the size of his penis with her, among other things.
The long-term goal here is to make the judicial-confirmation process so notoriously savage and demeaning that no sensible, well-meaning conservative or moderate person would agree to put himself and his family through it.
October 15, 1991: The Senate confirms Thomas in a 52-48 vote, the narrowest margin in the 20th century.
Ms. Hill's final admonition, that we should call Mr. Kavanaugh's accuser by her name, is particularly poignant.
That's a reference to the elections in 1992, dubbed the "Year of the Woman" after the number of women elected to the House almost doubled, to 47, and the number of women elected to the Senate tripled, to six. One of those elected was Democratic Sen. Did they not take Ms. Ford's allegations seriously, or were they sitting on this information until releasing it could do the most political damage? Feinstein has defended herself, noting that Ford had initially asked to keep the allegations confidential.More news: US Is Ready To Negotiate With North Korea "Immediately": Mike Pompeo
"One known sexual predator on the Supreme Court isn't enough for Republicans", Handler tweeted on Thursday.