Attorney for Boulder Accuser Says FBI yet to Contact Witnesses in Brett Kavanaugh Investigation
An attorney for Deborah Ramirez, the Boulder woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct , said Ramirez gave agents the names of more than 20 witnesses during a two-hour interview with the FBI, but said the agents have yet to contact any of those witnesses.
Attorney John Clune tweeted Tuesday that Ramirez sat down with the FBI on Sunday for more than two hours.
“It was a detailed and productive interview, and the agents were clearly motivated to investigate the matter in any way they were permitted,” Clune tweeted.
But Clune wrote that it appears the agents did not reach out to any of the corroborating witnesses Ramirez provided.
“Ms. Ramirez identified a number of witnesses, at the end of the interview, her lawyers provided the FBI the names and known contact information of additional witnesses (totaling more than 20) who may have corroborating information,” Clune wrote. “Although we do not know the status of the investigation, we are not aware of the FBI affirmatively reaching out to any of those witnesses. Though we appreciated the agents who responded on Sunday, we have great concern that the FBI is not conducting — or not being permitted to conduct — a serious investigation.”
Clune has previously expressed frustration with how the Senate Judiciary Committee was handling the accusations.
Ramirez told the New Yorker that Kavanaugh of exposed himself to her and thrust his genitalia in her face during a party at a Yale dormitory when they were both students there.
Ramirez lives in south Boulder and works for Boulder County, and also serves on the board of Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence.
Kavanaugh has denied the accusations.
The Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday voted to move Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Senate for a vote, but requested an additional FBI investigation into the allegations made by Ramirez and another woman, Christine Blasey Ford, who testified to the committee Thursday that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in high school.
Another accuser with Boulder ties also sent an anonymous letter to Senator Cory Gardner’s office accusing him of sexual misconduct.
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