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Chuck Schumer: Senate Can’t ‘Repeat the Mistake’ of ‘Rushed’ Anita Hill Hearings

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said on the Senate floor today that the Senate should not repeat the mistake of the Anita Hill hearings next week for Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford.

Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley said today that the hearing will be limited to Kavanaugh and Ford. Schumer called that “simply inadequate, unfair, [and] wrong.”

He called for Mark Judge, Kavanaugh’s friend named as a witness, to be asked to come to the hearing and testify.

“If the majority won’t call him as a witness as they should,” Schumer said, “if they’re really interested in getting the whole truth, the minority must be able to do so. The minority always has had a right to call witnesses. But the bigger issue is that the committee must be able to call more than two witnesses in total. We must not repeat the mistake of the Anita Hill hearings. They were rushed and were a debacle. Do we want to repeat that mistake?”

“We cannot let these hearings be even more rushed than the Anita Hill hearings,” he added.

At one point he even invoked President Donald Trump as he talked about Kavanaugh’s credibility:

“It is a whole and complete denial [from Kavanaugh]. Someone is not telling the truth. Someone is not telling the truth. Now, here’s what President Trump said, quoted in Bob Woodward’s book about sexual assault allegations. President Trump said, ‘You’ve got to deny, deny, deny, and push back on these women. If you admit to anything and any culpability, then you’re dead. You’ve got to be strong. You’ve got to be aggressive. You’ve got to push back hard. You’ve got to deny anything that’s said about you. Never admit.’ So the question looms, is Judge Kavanaugh taking a page from President Trump’s playbook? Are the people advising Judge Kavanaugh telling him to follow President Trump’s dishonest strategy? We don’t know the answer, but it’s certainly an important question.”

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