Clarence Thomas: A Silent Justice Speaks Out

"It never occurred to me that Anita might becomeā€¦ my most traitorous adversary," he wrote.

His confirmation hearing began September 10, 1991, and Thomas immediately was confronted with aggressive questions by Sen. Joe Biden, the committee chairman. In their private meetings before the hearings, Thomas wrote that Biden led him to believe he would begin with "softball questions," but he instead "threw a beanball straight at my head."

He wrote that the words of the song "Smiling Faces" by the Undisputed Truth came into his head: "Smiling faces tell lies/And I got proof."

"Now, I, too, had proof: Senator Biden's smooth, insincere promises that he would treat me fairly were nothing but talk," Thomas wrote.

To continue on to Part VII: 'Traitorous' Adversaries: Anita Hill and the Senate Democrats, please click here.

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