Boulder’s Deborah Ramirez “adamant” that FBI should investigate her claims against Kavanaugh; Trump weighs in

By Elise Schmelzer

The Denver Post

A demonstrator opposed to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh holds signs in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018 in Washington, D.C. Photo courtesy of Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS

Sept. 25 The Boulder woman who said Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh exposed himself to her in college wants the FBI to investigate her claims, her attorney said Tuesday.

Deborah Ramirez told The New Yorker that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her and thrust his genitalia in her face at a party at Yale University in the early 1980s when they were both students there. Kavanaugh has denied the allegations.

John Clune, Ramirez’s attorney, wrote on Twitter on Tuesday morning that he and Ramirez are in contact with the Senate Judiciary Committee to determine the way forward. Ramirez and Clune also are demanding that the FBI investigate the allegations.

“We are in contact with the Senate Judiciary Committee to determine the best process to provide Senators with additional information,” Clune wrote on Twitter. “We remain adamant that an investigation, where all witnesses are questioned under the threat of perjury, is the only way to get the truth.”

“Our client remains willing to cooperate with such an inquiry,” he wrote in a second post.

President Donald Trump responded specifically to Ramirez’s story for the first time Tuesday morning, saying she was “totally inebriated and all messed up,” according to The Washington Post.

“The second accuser has nothing,” Trump told reporters following a speech at the United Nations. “She admits that she was drunk.”

Trump dismissed the notion that Ramirez’s allegation could disqualify Kavanaugh, saying sarcastically: “Oh, gee, let’s not make him a Supreme Court judge because of that.”

Tuesday morning, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said “we would be open” to Ramirez testifying before the Senate Judiciary panel on Thursday.

Clune also said in a tweet Tuesday morning that he and Ramirez stand by the facts as reported by The New Yorker.

Ramirez told the magazine that she had gaps in her memory because she was drunk at the party. She also was reluctant to definitively identify Kavanaugh as the man who exposed himself in her first interviews with The New Yorker, but later said she was confident that it was him, according to the magazine.

Other publications, including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, knew of Ramirez’s claims but did not publish the story because their reporters could not corroborate the facts with someone with firsthand knowledge.

On Monday night, Trump tweeted about “False Accusations” against Kavanaugh but did not mention Ramirez by name.

Tuesday’s tweets are the first time Clune and Ramirez have spoken publicly about her case outside of Ramirez’s interview with The New Yorker. Clune hasn’t responded to multiple requests for comment from The Denver Post.

Christine Blasey Ford, who said that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her while they were in high school, also asked for an FBI investigation into her allegations. She is scheduled to testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday. The White House rejected Ford’s request for an FBI investigation.

Blasey Ford told the Washington Post that Kavanaugh pinned her down on a bed at a party when they were both in high school. She said that he then tried to undress her and put his hand over her mouth while a second person, Mark Judge, stood and watched.

Blasey Ford said she was able to escape and that both she and Kavanaugh were drunk at the time.

Kavanaugh also denied Blasey Ford’s story and Judge said he remembered no such incident.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s