Joe Biden Regrets How Anita Hill Was Treated in 1991 Senate Hearing, Hopes Christine Blasey Ford is Treated Better

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Former Vice President Joe Biden regrets how Anita Hill was treated 27 years ago and hopes the same thing doesn’t happen to Christine Blasey Ford.

“What should happen is the woman should be given the benefit of the doubt and not be, you know, abused again by the system,” Biden told NBC’s “Today” show in an interview broadcast Friday.

Biden spoke as Ford and her attorney negotiate possible testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee about her allegations that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh assaulted her at a high school party when they were teenagers.

Biden said the FBI should investigate Ford’s accusations against Kavanaugh – “we did that for Anita Hill” – and that the Senate should not proceed with votes on the nominee until Ford testifies.

Biden chaired the Senate Judiciary Committee in 1991 when Hill gave testimony alleging sexual harassment by then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. Biden also took heat for what critics called a badgering of Hill by Senate inquisitors, particularly Republicans.

“What happened was she got victimized again during the process,” Biden told NBC.

As for the criticism, Biden said Senate rules prevented him from reining in questions by other committee members.

The former senator from Delaware said too many of his colleagues “vilified” Hill during the 1991 hearings, and, “I wish I could’ve done more to prevent those questions, the way they asked them.”

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SOURCE: USA Today, David Jackson