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During her time working for Bush, Smith helped navigate Clarence Thomas into his Supreme Court nomination. His bid was shrouded in controversy as it was anticipated by an accusation of sexual harassment from former employee and law professor Anita Hill. Time Magazine later described the scandal as an “ugly circus” that “eviscerated” the reputation of both Hill and Thomas. Through Smith’s plucky tactics, Thomas got his confirmation, though the vote proved one of the closest in Supreme Court history.