Deborah Ramirez, a Yale classmate of Kavanaugh’s, spoke to Ronan Farrow and Jane Mayer of the New Yorker about the alleged incident, which went down during the 1983-84 academic school year when she and the Supreme Court nominee were both freshmen.
Christine Blasey Ford’s legal team announced Sunday that she is “committed to moving forward with an open hearing on Thursady” before the Senate Judiciary Committee, despite several obstacles.
Michael Avenetti, a United States lawyer known for representing adult film actress Stormy Daniels in her cases against President Trump, has alleged on Twitter that he is representing a third woman with “credible information” regarding Judge Kavanaugh and the alleged witness to Prof Ford’s assault, Mark Judge.
The correspondence reveals the behind-the-scenes work of the Republican-led committee as it attempts to investigate Ford’s accusations, even though it could affect the outcome of Kavanaugh’s appointment to the nation’s highest court. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) – to make clear that what Ford says will actually matter, as will Kavanaugh’s own believability, especially in light of questions that surround the veracity of his earlier testimony.
Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on September 6.
Susan Collins – a Republican who sits on the Judiciary Committee – said she was “appalled” by Trump’s tweet, stressing that incidents of sexual assault were known to be chronically under-reported. The Judiciary Committee pinned down the identities of the other witness, including Patrick Smyth, in the course of its investigation. The person said Kavanaugh would also appear. Ford remains the only witness to not have provided a statement to the committee.
Trump’s tweet on Friday said: “I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents”. Chuck Grassley, she called for an “immediate postponement of any further proceedings”.
Mr Grassley’s stance reflected a desire by Mr Trump and Republican leaders to usher Mr Kavanaugh on to the high court by the October 1 start of its new session and before the November elections. “An obvious nonstarter”, Hatch wrote on Twitter. Ford’s attorneys say they are still negotiating “a number of important procedural and logistical issues”.
Two conditions are still in dispute, according to Hatch. “The committee determines which witnesses to call, how many witnesses to call, in what order to call them, and who will question them”.
“If they continue to contest those two things, there won’t be a hearing”, Graham said. “We’re going to plow right through it and do our job”, McConnell said.
Feinstein on Sunday also wrote a letter to Sen. Feinstein has said she did so because she was respecting Blasey’s wish to remain anonymous. Katz requested that the hearing be held next Thursday, and that Kavanaugh testify before Ford, among other requests. Kavanaugh could have addressed the accusation during weeks of rigorous vetting by the committee, including three days of public hearings.
It is time to set politics aside.
But details are still being worked out and, given the events of the past week, there is no guarantee Ford will actually take the oath and submit to what are certain to be intensely probing questions about her credibility. “The White House stands firmly behind Judge Kavanaugh”, said Kerri Kupec, a spokesperson for the White House. “This is another serious, credible, and disturbing allegation against Brett Kavanagh”.