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The Daily BeastSep 18, 2018
Anita Hill Mess Helped Elect Feinstein. Now Kavanaugh Mess Has Her in Hot Seat.
Drew Angerer/GettyIn 1992, Dianne Feinstein was one of five women elected to the U.S. Senate in "The Year of the Woman"—a wave of female candidates who swept into Congress, in part, as a reaction to the mishandling of sexual harassment allegations against then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas by the all-male Senate Judiciary Committee.

Nearly three decades later, Feinstein herself stands accused of almost exactly the same conduct that helped launch her national political career: the mishandling of sexual assault allegations, this time against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The five-term senator's decision to withhold from her Democratic colleagues a letter penned by Prof. Christine Blasey Ford, alleging that Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her when they were both D.C.-area high-school students, has drawn harsh rebukes from progressives. Feinstein's Democratic opponent in the November general elections is now claiming that that the senator's behavior raised "serious questions" about her judgment.

"The American people deserve to know why the ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee waited nearly [two] months to hand this disqualifying document over to the federal authorities," state senator Kevin de León, Feinstein's challenger, said in a statement, "and why Sen. Feinstein politely pantomimed her way through last week's hearing without a single question about the content of Kavanaugh's character."


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