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FBI Interviewed Deborah Ramirez on Sunday As Part of Investigation into Allegations Against Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh

September 30, 2018

Deborah Ramrirez

Investigators with the FBI on Sunday interviewed the Boulder woman who said Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a college party in the early 1980s, a source close to the investigation told The Denver Post.

Deborah Ramirez spoke with the investigators and gave them the names of other witnesses, the source said. John Clune, Ramirez’s attorney, said Saturday that the FBI had reached out to Ramirez .

The source declined to give any more information about the interview.

Kavanaugh has denied Ramirez’s account that he exposed himself to her and thrust his genitalia in her face during a party at a Yale dormitory when they were both students there, as reported Sept. 23 by The New Yorker .

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted Friday to move Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Senate for a vote but requested an additional FBI investigation into the allegations made by Ramirez and Christine Blasey Ford, who testified to the committee Thursday that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in high school.

Clune previously expressed frustration in trying to work with the committee’s Republican staff . Emails between the attorney’s team and a Republican staff member show that the two parties became deadlocked over how to move forward after The New Yorker story was published.

FBI investigators had not reached out to a third woman who said she witnessed Kavanaugh engage in “inappropriate contact of a sexual nature with women in the early 1980s,” her attorney, Michael Avenatti, wrote on Twitter early Sunday morning.

“How do you conduct a legitimate, fair & thorough investigation into allegations unless you interview the person actually making the allegations about her experiences, what she witnessed, and what facts and other witnesses she is aware of?” Avenatti wrote later Sunday. “Answer – YOU CAN’T. And that’s by design.”

How do you conduct a legitimate, fair & thorough investigation into allegations unless you interview the person actually making the allegations about her experiences, what she witnessed, and what facts and other witnesses she is aware of? Answer – YOU CAN’T. And that’s by design.

— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) September 30, 2018

 

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