What motive could Virginia Hill possibly have for opening up these old wounds at this late date?
It is one of Washington’s enduring mysteries.
Nearly two decades after Anita Hill accused Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment during his fractious Supreme Court confirmation hearing, it remains unclear who was lying.
Hill has maintained that she told the truth. Thomas, meanwhile, has steadfastly denied her accusations.
Now, Virginia Thomas, the justice’s wife, has rekindled the controversy by leaving a voice mail message at Hill’s Brandeis University office seeking an apology.
“Good morning Anita Hill, it’s Ginni Thomas,” said the message left this month, according to a transcript provided by ABC News. “I just want to reach across the airwaves and the years and ask you to consider something. I would love you to consider an apology sometimes and some full explanation of why you did what you did with my husband.”
“I certainly thought the call was inappropriate,” Hill, who worked for Clarence Thomas at the Department of Education and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commissions, said in a statement released by Brandeis, where she is a professor.
“I have no intention of apologizing because I testified truthfully about my experience and I stand by that testimony,” she added.
I remember the Senate confirmation hearings for Clarence Thomas quite clearly. Anita Hill was a very believable witness. I believed her then and I believe her now. Besides, it has become abundantly clear over the years that Mr. Thomas did not then and does not now possess either the intelligence or the intellect needed to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States. I was thoroughly amazed when the Senate confirmed him to the Court by a vote of 52 to 48.
Clarence Thomas will always be one of George H. W. Bush’s biggest regrets and embarrassments.