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Anita Hill: Kavanaugh Has ‘Burden of Persuasion’

Nearly 40 years after accusing then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment, Anita Hill appeared Wednesday on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” saying that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has the “burden of persuasion” regarding allegations of sexual assault by Christine Blasey Ford.

Ford, who accuses Kavanaugh of assaulting her when they were in high school, said she will not testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee until the FBI launches a neutral investigation into the matter.

“Absolutely, it’s the right move,” Hill told “GMA’s” George Stephanopoulus. “The hearing questions need to have a frame, and an investigation is the best frame for that [in order] to pull together the facts and create a record so that the senators can draw on the information they receive to develop their questions. Also, helpful would be bringing in expert testimony or experts who can help them shape the questions that they are going to ask.”

Hill, 62, now a professor of social policy, law and women’s studies at Brandeis University in Massachusetts, added that the American public should also interested that the hearing shouldn’t be a sham proceeding.

“So that the senators can say they gave [Ford] a chance to talk” before moving on with their intentions, Hill said.

Like Thomas, who vehemently denied allegations of sexual assault during his explosive 1991 confirmation hearing, Kavanaugh also denies his accuser’s contentions.

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