The New Yorker published an article by Ronan Farrow in which Deborah Ramirez alleges that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a college dorm room party. Kavanaugh calls the claims “smear” while soundly rejecting them.
“This alleged event from 35 years ago did not happen,” Kavanaugh said in a statement. “The people who knew me then know that this did not happen, and have said so. This is a smear, plain and simple. I look forward to testifying on Thursday about the truth, and defending my good name and the reputation for character and integrity I have spent a lifetime building against these last-minute allegations.”
In the article, the accuser admits significant gaps in her memory, that she was in a heavily inebriated state and that only with the help of a Democratic party-provided lawyer did she determine that it was Brett Kavanaugh who exposed himself at that party. Prior to that six-day, lawyer-assisted, memory session, she couldn’t name him as the culprit.
The New Yorker admits it did not confirm through eyewitnesses that Kavanaugh was even present at the party and other students who knew Kavanaugh said they had never heard of the incident. And even the New York Times said that after interviewing “several dozen people” they couldn’t find anyone to back up Ramirez’s story.
The Times had interviewed several dozen people over the past week in an attempt to corroborate her story, and could find no one with firsthand knowledge. Ms. Ramirez herself contacted former Yale classmates asking if they recalled the incident and told some of them that she could not be certain Mr. Kavanaugh was the one who exposed himself.
Similar to the Christine Blasey Ford allegations, the witnesses the accuser named in the account have disputed the accuser’s story. In a statement, two of those male classmates who Ramirez alleged were involved in the incident, the wife of a third male student she said was involved, and three other classmates, Dino Ewing, Louisa Garry, and Dan Murphy, vehemently disputed Ramirez’s account of events.
“We were the people closest to Brett Kavanaugh during his first year at Yale. He was a roommate to some of us, and we spent a great deal of time with him, including in the dorm where this incident allegedly took place,” they said. “Some of us were also friends with Debbie Ramirez during and after her time at Yale. We can say with confidence that if the incident Debbie alleges ever occurred, we would have seen or heard about it and we did not.”
One of Ramirez’s closest friends at Yale said that if something happened that was anything like what Deborah is alleging, she would have told her, but she didn’t – ever.
“This is a woman I was best friends with,” the friend said. “We shared intimate details of our lives. And I was never told this story by her, or by anyone else. It never came up. I didn’t see it. I never heard of it happening.”
Those classmates also said that behavior like that Ramirez describes would have been very out-of-character for Kavanaugh. A very similar and consistent characterization of Brett Kavanaugh from those who knew him in high school and refuted Ford’s now-questionable claims.
Ramirez is a registered Democrat, which by itself is unimportant. But strangely, we are only hearing these kinds of allegations from Democrats just days before his confirmation vote.Wake up Right! Subscribe to our Morning Briefing and get the news delivered to your inbox before breakfast!