Hill's column came as President Trump's nominee to the country's highest court, Brett Kavanaugh, faces allegations that he sexually assaulted a girl when both were teens more than three decades ago.
The decision to have Thomas and Hill testify publicly before the Senate Judiciary Committee, as Kavanaugh and his accuser have offered to do, had far-reaching implications for America's efforts to grapple with sexual harassment.
Republican Sen. Susan Collins of ME, who has been wooed by Kavanaugh opponents hoping she'll vote with the Democrats, tweeted Tuesday she was "respectfully recommending" that at Monday's hearing the counsel for Ford be allowed to question Kavanaugh.
Ms Ford detailed her allegation in a letter sent in July to Senator Dianne Feinstein, the committee's top Democrat.
Meanwhile, a friend of Kavanaugh's, who Ford alleges helped trap her in a room at a suburban Washington home while Kavanaugh groped her and tried to remove her clothes, said Tuesday he has no interest in testifying.
Kavanaugh, who was nominated by President Donald Trump, said in a statement Monday that Ford's accusation was "completely false".
"It takes courage for any woman to speak up about sexual assault", Heitkamp tweeted, "and we need to respect Prof".
Speaking at a joint news conference with Polish President Andrzej Sebastian Duda, Trump said Tuesday he feels "so badly" that Kavanaugh is going through the ordeal of the accusations. "I applaud Christine Blasey Ford for her courage in coming forward", he wrote. Democrats, who seized on the development as justification to delay the high-stakes nomination, could energize complacent Republican voters if they're viewed as playing politics with the sensitive allegation.More news: 'Skripal suspects' tell Russian media they visited Britain as tourists
"Brett Kavanaugh and I were friends in high school but I do not recall the party described in Dr. Ford's letter", he told the committee. "Dr. Ford's call for the FBI to investigate also demonstrates her confidence that when all the facts are examined by an impartial investigation, her account will be further corroborated and confirmed".
"She is a person of integrity", Leahy said of Feinstein. Hill had a witness who testified that she told her of the sexual harassment at the time.
Banks, repeating that Ford was "deflecting death threats and harassment", said "rushing forward into a hearing when she is under this much pressure" is not the right thing to do. "I think it's likely this will inflame partisan energy on both sides".
Hill, now a professor at Brandeis University, said that "with the current heightened awareness of sexual violence comes heightened accountability for our representatives".
Hill, who appeared on "Good Morning America" Wednesday, accused now-Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas in 1991 of making unwanted advances and lewd remarks when they worked at the Education Department and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in the 1980s.
Anita Hill and Clarence Thomas.
Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, released Judge's statement after the committee's staff reached out to him about testifying in front of a Senate panel.