WASHINGTON — Following is an exchange between Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D-Del.) and Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah) at the opening of Friday's committee hearing:
Biden: Prof. Hill, as recently as late last night, continues to ask us to maintain the confidentiality of her statement to the committee. So Judge Thomas, at this stage of the hearings without having heard Prof. Hill's testimony and without using her statement, our questioning to you may not be complete. . . .
Hatch: Mr. Chairman? I just want to say something for the record here. This is the nomination process of a man to become Supreme Court justice of the United States and he has been badly maligned . . . and I am not going to sit here and tolerate her attorneys telling you, or me, or anybody else that now that she's made these statements in writing with what is, if the judge is telling the truth and I believe he is, scurrilous allegations, that that statement can't be used. . . . I intend to use that statement because it is fair to use it.
Biden: . . . You're entitled to use the statement under the rules.