Hillary Clinton Asked About Bill Accusations and Due Process in Wake of Kavanaugh Claims

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was asked about accusations made against her husband, former President Bill Clinton, in light of sexual assault allegations made against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Speaking on MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Show, Clinton was asked if she thought anything had changed since the days her husband faced allegations that resurfaced after years had passed.

"Your husband, when he was president, faced allegations that were not the same as this, certainly, but had connections to these kinds of old allegations from years ago; and I know you had concerns at the time, your husband certainly had concerns at the time that he never really had due process to defend himself from allegations like this," Maddow said.

She asked Clinton: "Have we learned anything over the years about due process not just for the accusers but also for the accused?"

Clinton did not appear to object to Maddow's question, replying: "Well, I think that you have to take each of these situations sort of on their own merits.

"And what we have today is a process that has been rushed, that has been deliberately opaque, where information that the Congress, not just Democratic senators, but all senators and the public deserve to see, that they were denied. So there has to be a set of standards," Clinton said.

Christine Blasey Ford, 51, a research psychologist in Northern California, has accused the Supreme Court nominee of sexually assaulting her at a house party when the two were in high school in the 1980s, in an attack her lawyer has said she views as attempted rape.

Kavanaugh has denied the allegations and said he is prepared to "talk to the Senate Judiciary Committee in any way the Committee deems appropriate to refute this false allegation, from 36 years ago, and defend my integrity."

Ford, too, has said she is prepared to testify publicly before the Senate Judiciary Committee, but she has requested that an FBI investigation take place before she offers such testimony—a request Clinton said she believed could take place.

"I think that's a reasonable request," Clinton told Maddow. "I don't think it would be a lengthy investigation. I think it could be done in an expeditious manner. They could postpone for two weeks and probably get a lot more information than they have now."