Judge Nap: Get Ready for Another Version of Clarence Thomas-Anita Hill Hearings
Says GOP senators must be 'careful' in questioning.
The confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was thrown into chaos Sunday when the woman accusing him of sexual assault when they were teens came forward with her explosive allegations.
Christine Blasey Ford, a professor at Palo Alto University, said the alleged incident with Kavanaugh "derailed" her for years and rendered her "unable to have healthy relationships with men."
Democratic lawmakers have demanded a delay in the Senate Judiciary Committee's scheduled Thursday vote to advance Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Senate floor.
Judge Andrew Napolitano joined the "Fox & Friends" co-hosts Monday morning to weigh in on how this bombshell allegation affects Kavanaugh's nomination.
Napolitano said law enforcement would view Ford's claims "very skeptically," because of the passage of time.
Despite that, Napolitano said, in the "post-Clarence Thomas era" of Supreme Court hearings, both Ford and Kavanaugh will be asked to testify under oath.
"We're going to see another version of the Clarence Thomas-Anita Hill hearings right before our eyes, sometime in the next few weeks, maybe as soon as Thursday," Napolitano said.
Hill in 1991 accused then-Supreme Court justice nominee Thomas of sexually harassing her. The two both testified publicly before Congress, and Thomas was eventually confirmed in the closest Supreme Court confirmation vote in more than a century.
Napolitano said the Senate Judiciary Committee will have to decide on the credibility of Ford's accusation and Kavanaugh's denial.
"This is a classic he said-she said. So she'll come before the Senate Judiciary Committee, she'll make these allegations. The Democrats will throw her softballs, the Republicans will grill her and cross-examine her," Napolitano said.
He added that Republicans must be careful with their cross examination, because in light of the #MeToo movement and a growing emphasis on sexual misconduct, it's a "vastly different time period with different social mores."
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