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Anita Hill Speaks Out On Sexual Misconduct Allegations Against Brett Kavanaugh

Anita Hill Speaks Out On Sexual Misconduct Allegations Against Brett Kavanaugh

There are no words - except perhaps desperate, scurrilous and embarrassing to anyone with a conscience and a grown-up brain.

Ronan Farrow, who co-authored The New Yorker article, told CNN that some members of the Senate Judiciary Committee "feel that there was a missed opportunity to fully interrogate this allegation". Dianne Feinstein since July, but it only recently surfaced.

The Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on Kavanaugh's nomination next Thursday, with the full Republican-led Senate looking to consider it later this month. But the bureau didn't take the bait.

The FBI has since declined to open an investigation into the undisclosed allegations; forwarding the letter to the White House to be included in Kavanaugh's background check.

"I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation", Kavanaugh said in a statement released by the White House Friday. The woman making the allegation attended a nearby school.

As terrible as the allegation about Kavanaugh is (and one is justified in questioning its veracity under the circumstances), the use of an anonymous document to undermine him is terrible. But the letter has inflamed an intense battle over President Trump's nominee.

According to the New Yorker, she claims that "during the party, Kavanaugh held her down and that attempted to force himself on her".

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Nor should Kavanaugh's accuser get a public hearing, especially under such clearly political circumstances.

The New Yorker story quotes a classmate of Kavanaugh's saying about the incident in the letter: "I have no recollection of that". And at a time when journalists are concerned with "alternative facts" and Trump's war on truth, how much faith can we put in the facts and truth of an anonymous letter or op-ed?

"In particular, he has always treated women with decency and respect", the letter said. "It is critical in matters of sexual misconduct to protect the identity of the victim when they wish to remain anonymous, and the senator did so in this case", a spokesperson for the senator said.

Senate Republicans insist Kavanaugh's confirmation remains on track.

NPR has not independently confirmed the contents of the letter, which the woman sent to her representative, Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., after Kavanaugh was nominated to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. Hassan said Collins will make her own decision.

Wallace asked if he expects the confirmation vote to proceed as planned.


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