Federal Bureau of Investigation contacts Deborah Ramirez who accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct

Eloise Marshall
September 30, 2018

While the precise scope of the reopened background investigation of Kavanaugh remained unclear, President Donald Trump told reporters Saturday that "the FBI, as you know, is all over talking to everybody" and said "this could be a blessing in disguise".

One of her lawyers, Debra Katz, on Friday said "no artificial limits as to time or scope should be imposed" on the new FBI investigation, USA media reported.

Another woman, Deborah Ramirez of Colorado, claims Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a drunken party when they were freshmen at Yale.

The other person named by Blasey Ford as having taken part in her attack, Kavanaugh's school friend Judge, said in a letter dated Friday that he would "co-operate with any law enforcement agency that is assigned to confidentially investigate these allegations".

Kavanaugh, however, denied all the allegations during the testimony, saying that his reputation and that of his family has been "totally and permanently destroyed".

"Just started, tonight, our 7th FBI investigation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh", Trump tweeted, "He will someday be recognized as a truly great Justice of The United States Supreme Court!" Jeff Flake, R-AZ., a key deciding vote for Republicans, said he would only confirm Kavanaugh if the investigation was done. Agents should get support from the Judiciary Committee for rapid immunity and subpoena decisions, he said.

"This country is being ripped apart here", Flake told fellow committee members, "and we need to do due diligence".

Ford has a therapist's notes from a marriage counseling session in 2012 in which she discussed the alleged event without naming Kavanaugh and she passed a polygraph test.

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Ford testified to the committee on Thursday that at the gathering, she was pushed into a bedroom from behind and that an inebriated Kavanaugh pinned her down on the bed, groped her over her clothes, and covered her mouth when she tried to yell for help.

Speaking to supporters at a rally Saturday night in Wheeling, West Virginia, Trump accused Democrats of using "ruthless and outrageous tactics" against Kavanaugh and urged voters to support Republicans in November's midterm elections.

Hatch and Sen. Mike Lee both voted to advance the nomination to the full Senate last Friday as another GOP colleague, Jeff Flake of Arizona, successfully pushed for a one-week delay before a final vote while the FBI investigates the allegations. He said, "Thank you", but didn't response to questions on whether he believed Ford's testimony. "Think about them. I have two children", one of the women, Maria Archila, said. The investigation, however, will result in a one-week delay of the full Senate vote. Sen.

Ms. Ford, a psychologist, says she herself met Mr. Kavanaugh as the two traveled in similar social circles.

Kavanaugh wouldn't answer directly when he was asked Thursday if he would agree to an FBI investigation, but said he would do whatever the Judiciary Committee wanted. "As the Senate has requested, this update must be limited in scope and completed in less than one week", Trump announced Friday. He also said that a moment when he was confronted by women who said they had been sexually assaulted "certainly struck a chord".

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Walsh wrote that Keyser wanted to send the letter because she wanted to clarify her previous statement regarding the allegations Ford made.

But Flake, after urgent consultations with colleagues including Democratic Senator Chris Coons, cast the vote only after asking the Republican-led panel to request that the Trump administration pursue an Federal Bureau of Investigation probe lasting up to seven days of the explosive allegations against Kavanaugh. "I've done everything they have requested and will continue to cooperate".

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