The second woman to accuse Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault will do longer testify before the Senate judiciary committee, according to her lawyer.
Deborah Ramirez had alleged that the incoming Supreme Court judge exposed himself at a party, alleged to have taken place during their freshman year at Yale.
“We were sitting in a circle,” she told the New Yorker. “People would pick who drank.”
Then, the New Yorker detailed her accusation in full:
“I remember a penis being in front of my face,” she said. “I knew that’s not what I wanted, even in that state of mind.” She recalled remarking, “That’s not a real penis,” and the other students laughing at her confusion and taunting her, one encouraging her to “kiss it.” She said that she pushed the person away, touching it in the process. Ramirez, who was raised a devout Catholic, in Connecticut, said that she was shaken.
“I wasn’t going to touch a penis until I was married,” she said. “I was embarrassed and ashamed and humiliated.” She remembers Kavanaugh standing to her right and laughing, pulling up his pants. “Brett was laughing,” she said. “I can still see his face, and his hips coming forward, like when you pull up your pants.” She recalled another male student shouting about the incident. “Somebody yelled down the hall, ‘Brett Kavanaugh just put his penis in Debbie’s face,’ ” she said.
But in light of revelations that Ramirez was getting set to testify about her experience, Sen. John Kennedy, Louisiana Republican and an all-important panel member, told reporters that this has now been thrown into question after an exchange with Ramirez’ lawyer.
“Our counsel repeatedly tried to reach him,” Mr. Kennedy said,” according to the Washington Times. “They finally did reach him, and he said we are not issuing a statement. He said if you want our statement, read the New Yorker.”
The first woman to accuse Kavanaugh of sexual assault, Christine Blasey Ford, is due to testify before the Senate judiciary committee Thursday, with many key Republican figures hinting that their vote will hinge on the credibility of Ford’s testimony.
“I want to see what happens in the hearing on Thursday,” said Sen. Marco Rubio when asked whether or not he was still a yes vote. “Let’s wait and see what happens on Thursday. I am very supportive of Judge Kavanaugh, but I want to hear her testimony,” added Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.).
“Once we get a chance to have a hearing, then we’ll figure out where we go from there. I think our members are taking this very seriously,” said Sen. John Thune of South Dakota, the No. 3 Republican. “Most of our members are going to wait ‘til Thursday. … Thursday is kind of the key day in this.”
Kavanaugh himself yesterday told Fox News that he was “not going to let false accusations drive him out of the process.”
“I have faith in God and I have faith in the fairness of the American people,” he added.
President Trump has continued to defend his SCOTUS pick, despite the swirling accusations. “I think [Kavanaugh] is just a wonderful human being,” Trump said after speaking at the United Nations yesterday, as reported by Business Insider. “I think it is horrible what the Democrats have done. It is a con game, they are really con artists. They know he is a high-quality person. … They are playing a con game, and they are playing it very well, much better than Republicans. They are lousy politicians, they have lousy policy, they don’t know what the hell they are doing.”
Kavanaugh will also testify before the committee Thursday, answering questions about the alleged incidents.
(H/T: Washington Times)