"If to the degree there was any legitimacy to Anita Hill's claims and she tried and didn't prevail - Clarence Thomas did and America did - this case is even more absurd because these people were teenagers when this supposed, alleged incident took place".
"I don't think he took ownership of his role in what happened", she said previous year. To insinuate that an assault shouldn't be taken seriously because it "never really went anywhere" is as risky as it is offensive.
Weighing a 2020 campaign for president, former vice president Joe Biden says he should have protected Anita Hill from what he called "character assassination" during the Supreme Court confirmation hearings of Justice Clarence Thomas more than a quarter century ago.
Additionally, Cramer's seems to be implying that an incident in which Kavanaugh supposedly backed a girl into a room, pinned her down, groped her, tried to undress her, and covered her mouth to muffle her screams, is not actually that bad because she managed to escape. As sexual misconduct again shadows a high court confirmation, Biden said he failed to prevent the all-male committee from putting Hill on the defensive. Kavanaugh has denied the claim and both have been asked to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee next week.
Sources told Fox News earlier this week that the FBI will not launch a criminal investigation into Kavanaugh, as there has not been a federal crime alleged.
"His comments were disturbing and representative of a bigger issue Congressman Cramer has with respecting women and victims of assault or abuse". She told the paper that, at the time, she thought Kavanaugh might "inadvertently kill me" and that the assault "derailed me substantially for four or five years". Kavanaugh has denied the allegation, which has rekindled questions of Biden's leadership of the Judiciary Committee as he considers another presidential run. After initially saying that she wanted an FBI investigation before she testified, Ford's lawyer said she could testify next week if the Senate would agree to "terms that are fair and which ensure her safety".
"You just can't expect to defame a guy who's got a stellar record and a stellar, almost flawless reputation, near as I can tell, character-wise, and be able to be the last word", the Senate nominee and congressman said. And they're making it sound as if they're going to go ahead whether she's there or not.
Cramer later added that he feared that such accusations would prevent "good people" from seeking high office. "You know, roll out an accusation that no one else can corroborate, and we believe the accuser without appropriate due process", he said.