Senator Dianne Feinstein has given a letter to the FBI detailing an allegation of sexual assault against Brett Kavanaugh.
The incident in question took place when the Supreme Court nominee was in high school.
The revelation comes as the committee has voted to postpone Kavanaugh’s hearing until September 20.
Kavanaugh has, unsurprisingly, denied the allegation.
His confirmation process has already been the subject of scandal as House Republicans have consistently refused to release documents pertaining to the nominee’s history, views, and communications.
“I don’t understand the rush to judgment. If successfully nominated he could become the deciding vote on major issues Americans care deeply about.” — Feinstein
Anita Hill, a former lawyer turned professor who accused Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas of workplace sexual harassment during his 1991 confirmation hearing, has expressed concerns about how things will play out this time around.
When she accused Thomas of sexual harassment while working with him in the Education Department and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, he simply denied the allegation and was subsequently confirmed.
At age 35, Anita Hill took the stand and testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee that then 43-year old Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas had sexually harassed her when the two were coworkers.
Here testimony was described by Time Magazine as “graphic” at the time, whose writers cited the frequent use of the words, “penis,” “breasts,” and “pubic hair.”
“I am not given to fantasy. This is not something I would have come forward with if I was not absolutely sure of what I was saying.” — Hill
The writers of Time during that era also described the entire incident as “a spectacle.”
“[I have seen] firsthand what happens when such a process is weaponized against an accuser and no one should have to endure that again.” — Hill
At this point, Kavanaugh’s accuser has not come out publicly, but the allegation, says Hill, is still worth investigating.
“Given the seriousness of these allegations, the government needs to find a fair and neutral way for complaints to be investigated. The Senate Judiciary Committee should put in place a process that enables anyone with a complaint of this nature to be heard.” — Hill
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