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Anita Hill Says She Wouldn't Confirm Brett Kavanaugh

Anita Hill Says She Wouldn't Confirm Brett Kavanaugh

Anita Hill

 Hill said Kavanaugh displayed a "demeanor that was unfit for a judge."

Anita Hill testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee 27 years ago that Clarence Thomas, then a nominee for Supreme Court justice, had sexually harassed her. Her testimony started a national conversation about sexual harassment, but Thomas was confirmed to the court anyway.

On Tuesday, Hill brought her thoughts to the table about current Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, the sexual assault allegations that have been brought against him, and whether he should be confirmed.

"I wouldn't confirm him," she said during Fortune's Most Powerful Women Summit in Laguna Niguel, Calif., Deadline reports. "I wouldn't because I saw a demeanor that was inappropriate for a judge."

Hill was referring to Kavanaugh's combative attitude while he was being questioned last week by the Judiciary Committee about the allegation by Christine Blasey Ford that he sexually assaulted her when they were both in high school. Hill also said he was less than forthcoming during his testimony about his drinking habits, the types of parties he attended, and the definition of terms on his yearbook page.

"Anyone who lies in a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting should not be on the Supreme Court," Hill said.

In September, Hill had told NPR that the way the Republicans were handling the Kavanaugh hearings could not "be fair and thorough." Hill called for more witnesses, including those who could "corroborate ... who could explain the contexts of the experiences of Dr. Blasey Ford and Judge Kavanaugh during that period of their lives." She also called for participation by "experts on sexual harassment and sexual assault"

Currently, Hill leads the Commission on Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace. The commission is working on establishing helpful practices for Hollywood and other industries, and creating safe reporting processes for survivors of harassment and assault.

As for the FBI's Kavanaugh investigation, it has yet to reach out to key witnesses who have come forward with information about his past, contrary to Hill's advice. The Senate is set to vote to close debate on his nomination Friday, with a final vote on his confirmation expected Saturday.

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