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2 of Brett Kavanaugh’s former classmates take name off his defense



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  • Two of Brett Kavanaugh’s former college classmates removed
    their names from a statement defending the Supreme Court nominee
    that appeared alongside a sexual misconduct allegation in a story
    by The New Yorker.
  • Louisa Garry and Dino Ewing specified they knew nothing of
    the incident, and couldn’t rebuke Deborah Ramirez’s allegation
    that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a party in the 1980s.
  • Four students kept their names on the statement, which
    Kavanaugh’s lawyer prepared.
  • Kavanaugh rebuked the “last-minute allegations” as “smear,
    plain and simple.”
  • One of the reporters, The New Yorker’s Jane Mayer, said the
    story first came from emails among other Yale alumni, not

Two of Brett Kavanaugh’s former college classmates asked for
their names to be removed from a statement disputing sexual
assault allegations from a fellow Yale University alumnus against
the Supreme Court nominee.

In a report published Sunday by The New Yorker, Deborah
Ramirez said Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a dorm-room
party during the 1983-84 school year, when they were freshmen.
Several of Ramirez’s and Kavanaugh’s former classmates provided
accounts that ranged from corroboration to vague or no memory of
a similar incident.

Six classmates signed their names to a statement Kavanaugh’s
lawyer provided that disputed the allegation.

But a day after the story was published, Louisa Garry and Dino
Ewing asked that their names be removed.

“I never saw or heard anything like this,” Garry told The New
Yorker, according to an editorial note added Monday. “But I
cannot dispute Ramirez’s allegations, as I was not present.”

Ewing also said he had no direct knowledge of the allegation and
considered it out of character for Kavanaugh, but emphasized, “I
also was not present and therefore am not in a position to
directly dispute Ramirez’s account.”

The statement also included two male students who Ramirez
identified as involved in the incident, and the wife of another
who Ramirez said was present when Kavanaugh allegedly exposed
himself and someone told her to “kiss it.”

Kavanaugh flatly denied the allegation in a statement released
after the report, calling Ramirez’s account a “smear, plain and
simple,” and declaring he would fight back against “these
last-minute allegations.”

New Yorker reporter Jane Mayer said Monday she and fellow story
author Ronan Farrow discovered Ramirez’s story in a series of
emails among Yale alumni in July, months before Kavanaugh’s
confirmation process.

“The story broke overnight, but it dates back 35 years,” Mayer told NBC News’ Savannah
. “The classmates at Yale were talking to each other
about it, they were emailing about it. We’ve seen the emails,
back in July before Christine Blasey Ford came forward, and
eventually word of it spread. It spread to the Senate. It spread
to the media. And we reached out to her.”

Kavanaugh is facing at least one other
sexual misconduct accusation
from 51-year-old professor
Christine Blasey Ford, who alleges Kavanaugh assaulted her at a
party when the two were in high school.

The White House has repeatedly defended Kavanaugh
against allegations of sexual misconduct.

Trump lashed out at Ramirez on
, calling her a “mess” and “totally inebriated” during
the alleged incident, which he accused Democrats of using as a
“con game.”

As Kavanaugh took to Fox News on Monday to speak
on the accusations, and Yale alumni come forward to
rebuke his denials, congressional lawmakers are split on how to proceed.

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