To protest Republicans' handling of the sexual-assault accusation against Supreme Court Justice-nominee Brett Kavanaugh, a group of roughly 100 people marched to the office of Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, on Thursday for a sit-in, some with fists raised.
Grassley plans a hearing Monday for testimony from Kavanaugh and accuser Christine Blasey Ford, if she appears. Ford and Democrats want the FBI to investigate her allegations Kavanaugh assaulted her three decades ago, but Republicans are refusing.
The demonstrators chanted, "We believe Anita Hill! We believe Christine Ford!" Some told Grassley aides they themselves have been victims of harassment.
Hill is the law professor who during the Senate's 1991 consideration of Clarence Thomas' Supreme Court nomination accused him of sexual harassment.
Thomas and Kavanaugh have denied the accusations against them.
Republicans are warning that time is running out for Ford to tell Congress about her claim Kavanugh sexually assaulted her when both were teenagers.
Grassley has told Ford's attorneys the panel is giving the California psychology professor until 10 a.m. ET on Friday to submit a biography and prepared statement "if she intends to testify" Monday.
It remains unclear whether Ford will attend or if the hearing will occur without her.
A statement by a Ford attorney, Lisa Banks, says Grassley's plan to call just two witnesses, Kavanaugh and Ford, "is not a fair or good faith investigation."
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