5 Familiar Names (and Faces) You'll Recognize in 'Confirmation'

Famous Senators, politicians and the original fixer.

— -- While there are a bevy of familiar television stars in HBO's upcoming movie "Confirmation," one of the most startling revelations is the sheer number of familiar names among the characters.

Here are some of the characters who are important both to the "Confirmation" story but are still prominent in politics today.

At the time, the senator from Delaware was the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which had him effectively leading a portion of the hearings.

He's since moved on from the Senate: now he's got a job listed in the Constitution.

Familiar Senators

Hill had a team of legal scholars, lawyers and friends helping her navigate the complicated process of making her claims, and one name in particular stands out from that team.

In the film, Janet Napolitano isn't the lawyer leading Hill's charge, but she is the one who went to arguably have the most public political career.

She is now the president of the University of California school system.

Judy Smith

Okay. There are several layers to this one.

Judy Smith was an aide to President George H.W. Bush, who nominated Thomas to the Supreme Court spot. She subsequently went on to work as a political consultant and crisis management expert.

The Journalists

The HBO movie interjects real news footage from the time into their version of events, with a number of recognizable broadcasters.

They all covered politics throughout their careers, and two are still doing so. Brokaw and Mitchell still report for NBC. Crowley left CNN in 2014 and Jennings died in 2005.