Deborah Ramirez might be willing to testify without FBI investigation, lawyer says

September 26, 2018

John Clune, attorney for Deborah Ramirez, said Wednesday that his client “would be willing” to testify on her accusations against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, possibly without an FBI investigation.

During an interview on NBC’s “Today” show, Mr. Clune was directly asked if hisclient would appear Thursday if the Senate extended an invitation, even without an FBI investigation.

“That’s a decision I’ll certainly let her make,” Mr. Clune said, “but it wouldn’t surprise me if she would agree to do that.”

However, he stressed that he would be concerned about her doing so.

On Tuesday, Sen. John Kennedy, Louisiana Republican and a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Ms. Ramirez’ attorney refused to submit a statement and instead directed them to The New Yorker article.

Ms. Ramirez’s allegations against Judge Kavanaugh were published in The New Yorker on Sunday. She claims that while they were both drunk at a freshman year dorm party at Yale, Judge Kavanaugh exposed himself to her.

The original report found some classmates that said they heard about the incident in the days following the party, but none of the eyewitnesses could corroborate Ms. Ramirez’ account.

Judge Kavanaugh denied the allegation.

Victor Morton contributed to this article.

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