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Anita Hill - whose sex-harassment allegations against Clarence Thomas almost derailed his appointment to the US Supreme Court in 1991 - took a swipe at the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday as it grappled with accusations against a new nominee.

The committee announced yesterday it would postpone its planned vote on Thursday on Mr Kavanaugh's nomination, which requires Senate confirmation, and scheduled the high-stakes hearing with the nominee and his accuser to testify.

Hill, a law professor at Brandeis University, criticized what she characterized as an unnecessary rush by Republican leaders.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, had a letter containing the attempted assault allegation by Christine Blasey Ford in July, but did not take concrete action until last week, after the lengthy confirmation hearings had already taken place.

Christine Blasey Ford said he tried to attack her and remove her clothing in 1982 when they were both high school students in a Maryland suburb outside Washington. Kavanaugh has denied the allegation, calling it "completely false".

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Goldberg noted that Ford had asked Feinstein to keep the letter confidential and "we don't know who leaked". "Brett Kavanaugh and I were friends in high school but I do not recall the party described in Dr. Ford's letter", Judge said.

Kavanaugh has denied the allegations.

"I have no memory of this alleged incident". "Nothing the Federal Bureau of Investigation or any other investigator does would have any bearing on what Dr. Ford tells the committee, so there is no reason for any further delay".

They include: balancing public interest in the case with treating both sides fairly; establishing a "neutral investigative body with experience in sexual misconduct cases" to probe the allegations and report back to the committee; taking the time to thoroughly examine the case - "That the committee plans to hold a hearing this coming Monday is discouraging", Hill said.

"I wish I had been able to do more for Anita Hill".

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And Democratic Rep. Jacky Rosen, who is challenging Heller, said that if Heller still has "no reservations" about confirming Kavanaugh, "then he isn't listening to Nevadans". Grassley said. "We wouldn't be having this hearing if it wasn't for the fact that Dr. Ford told the Washington Post and other people publicly that she wanted to testify". Banks also deflected after Cooper asked whether Democrats are just trying to stall and obstruct.

"I don't think the Federal Bureau of Investigation should be involved because they don't want to be involved", Trump said Tuesday".

Hill, who appeared on "Good Morning America" Wednesday, accused now-Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas in 1991 of making unwanted advances and lewd remarks when they worked at the Education Department and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in the 1980s. At the time an all-male Senate Judiciary Committee aggressively questioned Hill in televised hearings, cast doubt on her accusations and ultimately voted to move Thomas' nomination to the full Senate which confirmed him to the court.

Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, released Judge's statement after the committee's staff reached out to him about testifying in front of a Senate panel.

"Asking her to come forward in four or five days and sit before the Judiciary Committee on national tv is not a fair process", Banks continued.

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