Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is set to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee in an open hearing about the sexual assault allegations against him on Thursday. One of his accusers, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford will testify as well.
Anita Hill, who has more experience with proceedings such as these than most, doesn't necessarily have complete faith in this process, however.
Hill appeared on NPR's All Things Considered Tuesday, and said the upcoming hearing can't, due to its design, be "fair and thorough."
“It cannot provide, not only the senators with enough information to make a reasonable conclusion, but it cannot provide the public with the information that it will need to understand the significance of these charges,” the attorney and professor said.
Hill testified before the Judiciary Committee in herself 1991, when she accused then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment during the period in which the two worked together, as the Huffington Post points out.
During that process, she suffered attacks that some members of that committee, such as former Vice President Joe Biden have recently apologized for.
“To do it better, we have to have a fair process,” Hill argued. “And a fair process starts with and becomes framed by a real investigation.”
Hill explained exactly what would be included in her version of an ideal investigation.
“In a real hearing and a real investigation, other witnesses would be called, including witnesses who could corroborate, witnesses who could explain the context of the experiences of Dr. Blasey Ford and Judge Kavanaugh during that period in their lives, as well as experts on sexual harassment and sexual assault,” said Hill.
According to TIME, the Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled its vote regarding Kavanaugh's confirmation for Friday morning.
"We're talking about an experience that is a reflection — potentially a reflection — on the character and fitness of a nominee," said Hill. "And it has to be taken into account and it has to be taken seriously. And that is fair."
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