Published: Tue, September 25, 2018
Entertaiment | By Simon Arnold

Woman doesn't recall attending party where alleged Brett Kavanaugh assault occurred

Woman doesn't recall attending party where alleged Brett Kavanaugh assault occurred

In a story published Sunday evening by The New Yorker, Deborah Ramirez says Kavanaugh exposed himself to her during a drunken party while both were first year students at Yale University.

Noor Al-Sibai is a news writer at Raw Story.

White House spokesperson Kerri Kupec released a statement denouncing the report. Kerri Kupec, an administration spokesperson, claimed that the new allegation was part of a "coordinated smear campaign by the Democrats created to tear down a good man".

Senate Democrats are reportedly investigating the allegations from Ramirez, and the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Dianne Feinstein, has called for Kavanaugh's nomination to be delayed.

Grassley's spokesman, George Hartmann, told CNN that the chairman will "look into" the new allegation, but there are no plans at the moment to delay the Thursday hearing.

While investigators weren't specific and spoke on background, they said they are looking at allegations against Kavanaugh during his senior year in high school after an anonymous witness came forward this weekend. It's not immediately clear whether the Republican-run Senate Judiciary Committee will agree to more talks. The views expressed here are exclusively hers. Ford and Ramirez have faced criticism for waiting more than 30 years to report their claims against Kavanaugh.

According to the report, Ford sent the email about 90 minutes after the Post shared her name with the White House - but before the newspaper posted a story revealing her name on Monday.

A "short but very productive call" between Democratic and Republican members of the committee and Ford's attorneys yielded the agreement, according to one person familiar with the call.

Democrats, meanwhile, took to Twitter themselves to criticise Trump for questioning Blasey.

The journalists behind the piece, Ronan Farrow and Jane Mayer, say they contacted dozens of classmates to try and corroborate Ms Ramirez's account. "I am with him all the way", Trump said after arriving in NY to attend the U.N. General Assembly, calling the allegations against his nominee for a lifetime post on the top USA court politically motivated.

The lawyer acknowledged to CNN that Keyser is a lifelong friend of Ford's.

Blasey's lawyer, Debra Katz, responded with a blistering email, accusing Grassley's aides of pressuring her client "to agree to conditions you find advantageous to the nominee", and of imposing "aggressive and artificial deadlines" whose "sole objective is to bully Dr Ford and deprive her of the ability to make a considered decision that has life-altering implications for her and her family".

With the conservative judge's confirmation prospects already hanging the balance, the news of a second set of allegations is likely to alarm Republicans who are hoping to push Kavanaugh's nomination through the Senate, where they hold a slim 51-49 majority. He said he did not recall the party and never saw Brett Kavanaugh act in the matter Ford describes.

The White House is approaching Ms Ford's potential testimony with trepidation, nervous that an emotional performance might not just damage Mr Kavanaugh's chances but could further energize female voters to turn out against Republicans in November.

Ramirez is calling for an FBI investigation of her claim.

Both spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to discuss private conversations.

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