Words spoken during Clarence Thomas hearings come back to haunt former VP…
(Michael Barnes, Liberty Headlines) Former Vice President Joe Biden is furious at Senate Republicans for quoting him in their unsuccessful attempt to shield Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh from yet another FBI inquiry, according to Business Insider.
Kavanaugh stands accused of sexual assault by Christine Blasey Ford, a psychology professor at Palo Alto University in California. Ford has alleged the assault took place at a high school party 36 years ago in Maryland. Kavanaugh emphatically denies the allegations.
Both testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, with Senate Democrats demanding — and getting — another FBI investigation.
Kavanaugh has been investigated by the FBI six times between 1993 and 2018, or every time he was hired or appointed to a significant government position. All of the investigations occurred after the alleged offense, and none of them turned up anything remotely disqualifying.
The calls for a new FBI investigation appear to be nothing more than a political ploy to further undermine Kavanaugh’s confirmation — as Biden unwittingly noted nearly three decades ago.
Biden, a 75-year-old Democrat, was the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman during Justice Clarence Thomas’ nomination process in 1991. At the time, Anita Hill, a former associate of Thomas, testified that he sexually assaulted her.
During a public hearing similar to last week, Biden passionately declared that FBI investigations don’t prove anything in these types of situations, and he strongly opposed them. All they can do is redundantly conduct interviews.
Current Judiciary Committee Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, took the opportunity to remind the committee, and the media, of Biden’s near-forgotten comments.
“Senate Democrats hope for the FBI to draw any conclusions on this matter, I’m going to remind you what Joe Biden said,” Grassley stated on the record.
“Joe Biden, quote: ‘The next person who refers to an FBI report as being worth anything obviously doesn’t understand anything. The FBI explicitly does not — does not, in this or any other case, reach a conclusion. Period,’” Grassley said.
A spokesman for the former vice president told the New York Times his quotes have been taken out of context.
Biden has released multiple statements in support of Ford.
On the “Today” show in September he said “she should be treated with respect.”
One reason Biden might be so upset is that he may have legitimate issues to face down involving his treatment of women.
According to the New York Times, the likely 2020 presidential candidate started by apologizing for the way he handled Anita Hill’s testimony in 1991.