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Anita Hill: ‘I am ready to hold Joe Biden accountable’

Anita Hill said that she is “ready to hold Joe Biden accountable” for his handling of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’s confirmation hearing.

Hill added in an interview with CNN that she is ready to “move on” from the hearing, but that she is also looking for accountability from the former vice president, who is a front-runner in the 2020 Democratic presidential race.

{mosads}Hill accused Thomas of sexual harassment in 1991 during Thomas’s confirmation hearing while Biden served as the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman.

“Have I forgiven Joe Biden? I’m ready to move on, but I am also ready to hold Joe Biden accountable. Accountability means acknowledging your role in the problem and the harm it’s caused. Acknowledging that you have culpability and are a part of it,” Hill told CNN’s at the Citizen by CNN conference Thursday. 

“Giving me clear information that you have made a change and that you are going to do something to make us all better off around gender discrimination,” she continued. 

Biden’s treatment of Hill during the hearing faced renewed criticism when Biden launched his presidential campaign earlier this year.

Biden has expressed regret about the handling of the 1991 hearing, saying in March that he wished “I could have done something.”

In the run-up to his official campaign launch, Biden called Hill to express regret for how she was treated during the confirmation hearing.

Hill has said she would not call his comments during the call an apology.

“I cannot be satisfied by simply saying ‘I’m sorry for what happened to you,'” Hill said to The New York Times. “I will be satisfied when I know there is real change and real accountability and real purpose.”

The Hill has reached out to the Biden campaign for comment.

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