Another Witness Who Offered to Speak with FBI Comes Forward in Deborah Ramirez Case
Another witness has provided an attorney for Deborah Ramirez, the Boulder woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, a statement regarding the incident Ramirez says happened at Yale University.
John Clune, a Boulder-based lawyer representing Ramirez, tweeted the second letter containing the statement sent to FBI Director Christopher Wray just before noon Thursday. Both the new and earlier letters are signed by William Pittard, a partner at Kaiser Dillon PLLC, the law firm representing Ramirez in Washington, D.C.
In the earlier letter, Pittard accuses the FBI of ending the investigation “without permitting its agents to investigate.”
The witness’ name is blacked out in the new statement. The witness says he or she has been friends with Ramirez for about 28 years, and in 1991 or 1992 Ramirez told him or her of the incident that happened while Ramirez and Kavanaugh were both freshmen at Yale University.
Ramirez told the New Yorker that Brett Kavanaugh exposed himself to her and thrust his genitalia in her face during a party at a Yale University dormitory when they were both students there.
Kavanaugh has denied the accusations.
Ramirez lives in south Boulder and works for Boulder County, and also serves on the board of Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence.
The witness has told the FBI he or she would consent to an interview, but has not yet been contacted.
In his letter, Pittard writes that the witness’ lawyer made multiple attempts to speak with the FBI, “only to be rebuffed.”
“The information provided by Ms. Ramirez is corroborated, and your agents should have been permitted to develop that information,” Pittard wrote, adding that the truth has been “ill-served.”
His earlier letter reiterates much of what Clune has said: that Ramirez was interviewed by two FBI agents on Sept. 30, that she provided the FBI with a list of more than 20 witnesses with relevant information, and that the FBI has now concluded its investigation, reportedly without contacting those witnesses.
It also cites a new story from The New Yorker, which quotes two witnesses who were also on the list given to the FBI.
Richard Oh, an emergency room doctor in California and a witness on Ramirez’s list, wrote a statement included in the letter . While a freshman at Yale University, when both Ramirez and Kavanaugh were also freshmen, Oh heard a female student talk emotionally about an incident matching Ramirez’s story.
In his statement, Oh said he personally contacted the FBI on Sept. 29 and Sept. 30 to say he was willing to be interviewed for the investigation. However, by Oct. 3, no one had reached out to him.
Madeline St. Amour: 303-684-5212, firstname.lastname@example.org