The FBI failed to interview dozens of people who said they could corroborate information about Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s alleged sexual misconduct and ignored their repeated attempts to submit their accounts, according to The New York Times.
The New York Times published an essay from the upcoming book “The Education of Brett Kavanaugh: An Investigation,” revealing that numerous people corroborated a report that Kavanaugh “pulled down his pants and thrust his penis” at a Yale freshman named Deborah Ramirez in 1983.
Ramirez said she swatted and inadvertently touched it as onlookers laughed.
“I had gone through high school, I’m the good girl, and now, in one evening, it was all ripped away,” she told reporters Robin Porgrebin and Kate Kelly.
The allegations came to light during Kavanaugh’s confirmation process after Christine Blasey Ford alleged that Kavanaugh pinned her to the bed at a high school party, groped her and tried to take off her clothes while covering her mouth.
Numerous corroborating witnesses:
During his Senate testimony, Kavanaugh dismissed the allegation and claimed that if it happened it would have been the “talk of campus.” The Times investigation revealed that it was.
“At least seven people, including Ms. Ramirez’s mother, heard about the Yale incident long before Mr. Kavanaugh was a federal judge. Two of those people were classmates who learned of it just days after the party occurred, suggesting that it was discussed among students at the time,” the Times reported.
The Times investigation also uncovered another incident.
“A classmate, Max Stier, saw Mr. Kavanaugh with his pants down at a different drunken dorm party, where friends pushed his penis into the hand of a female student,” The Times reported, adding that the alleged victim in that incident does not recall what happened.
FBI failed to investigate:
Stier told The Times that he notified senators and the FBI about his account but “the FBI did not investigate” the claims.
FBI agents interviewed Ramirez and said they found her “credible” but the Republican-controlled senate placed strict limits on the investigation.
One of Ramirez’s attorneys said the agents said they required “authorization” to do anything else and were “almost a little apologetic.”
“Ramirez’s legal team gave the F.B.I. a list of at least 25 individuals who may have had corroborating evidence,” The Times reported. “But the bureau — in its supplemental background investigation — interviewed none of them, though we learned many of these potential witnesses tried in vain to reach the F.B.I. on their own.”
Numerous Democrats have called for Kavanaugh’s impeachment in light of the report.
“Brett M. Kavanaugh lied to the U.S. Senate and most importantly to the American people,” said California Sen. Kamala Harris. “He was put on the Court through a sham process and his place on the Court is an insult to the pursuit of truth and justice. He must be impeached.”