Former Vice President Joe Biden — who oversaw the 1991 confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee — said Tuesday that he wished he “could have done something” to give Anita Hill the “hearing she deserved” when she testified that she had been sexually harassed by Thomas.

Biden, who has teased a possible 2020 run for President, led the committee of 14 white men who conducted the hearing and questioned Hill.Even at the time, he faced criticism from women’s groups who said he did not take Hill’s claims seriously enough. During the hearing, Biden asked Hill to “tell the committee what was the most embarrassing of all the incidents that you have alleged,” and he did not permit other women to testify as witnesses in support of Hill’s testimony.

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