Sen. Cory Gardner “absolutely Supports” Investigation of Boulder Woman’s Allegations Against Kavanaugh

September 24, 2018

Republican Sen. Cory Gardner “absolutely supports” a Senate panel’s investigation of sexual misconduct allegations levied by a second woman - this one from Boulder - against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

The New Yorker magazine on Sunday night reported that 53-year-old Deborah Ramirez, of Boulder, recalled Kavanaugh exposing himself to her at an alcohol-fueled dormitory party in the 1983-1984 academic year at Yale University. According to her account, Kavanaugh thrust his penis in her face and caused her to touch it without her consent as she pushed him away.

Investigators from the Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, have been in touch with Ramirez’s attorney.

“Senator Gardner was first made aware of these allegations when the New Yorker story was published Sunday evening,” Gardner spokesman Casey Contres said in an email Monday morning. “Investigators from Chairman Grassley’s staff immediately contacted Ms. Ramirez’s attorney to gather more information about what allegedly occurred. Senator Gardner absolutely supports efforts by the Senate Judiciary Committee to gather more information and investigate these claims.”

The new allegation arose after the Senate Judiciary Committee scheduled a hearing Thursday for Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, a woman who says he sexually assaulted her as a teenager.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, called Sunday night for the “immediate postponement” of any further action on Kavanaugh’s nomination. She also asked Grassley to have the FBI investigate the allegations of both Ford and Ramirez.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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