Brett Kavanaugh, embattled nominee for the Supreme Court, is likely to face more scrutiny after new reports came to light Thursday morning revealing that a Yale professor would advise female law clerks on their looks when applying to work for Kavanaugh.
Amy Chua, a professor at Yale Law School who strongly endorsed Kavanaugh as a “mentor to women,” would instruct female law students who were preparing to interview with Kavanaugh “on ways they could dress to exude a ‘model-like’ femininity to help them win a post in Kavanaugh’s chambers,” as The Guardian reports.
The news comes after Christine Blasey Ford, a professor from California, accused Kavanaugh of assaulting her when the two were at a party in high school. Kavanaugh’s confirmation has since been delayed, and Ford has asked the FBI to investigate the case before she appears before the Senate confirmation committee to testify. Kavanaugh currently sits at a 31 percent approval rating, a historic low for Supreme Court nominees.
Chua has released a response to the report, saying that, “for the more than 10 years I’ve known him, Judge Kavanaugh’s first and only litmus test in hiring has been excellence. He hires only the most qualified clerks, and they have been diverse as well as exceptionally talented and capable.”