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Deborah Ramirez testimony stifled by GOP staff: New Yorker

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  • A top Republican Senate staffer stifled Deborah
    Ramirez’s chance to testify about sexual misconduct allegations
    against Supreme Court nominee, according to a new report
    by The New Yorker. 
  • Emails between Senate staffers and Ramirez’s legal team
    show Mike Davis refused phone calls to further discuss
    Ramirez’s allegation that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her and
    instead demanded additional evidence.
  • Ramirez’s attorney said earlier this week only Senate
    Democrats were showing up for scheduled
    appointments.

A top Republican Senate staffer stifled testimony
from Deborah Ramirez, the second woman who accused
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s of sexual
assault,
 according to a new report by The New Yorker.

Emails between Senate staffers and Ramirez’s legal team show that
Mike Davis, a senior Republican committee staffer, didn’t pursue
offers for telephone calls with Ramirez and her team concerning
her allegation that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her. He instead
repeatedly demanded additional evidence, the report said.

Ramirez, a former Yale University classmate of Kavanaugh’s, said
he exposed himself to her at a dorm-room party during the 1983-84
school year, when he was a freshman.

After The New Yorker published an article detailing Ramirez’s
allegations
and Senate Democrats’ investigation into the
claims, Davis reached out to Ramirez’s attorneys, who told
him they wanted an FBI investigation and that Ramirez would
possibly agree to an in-person interview.

However, Davis reportedly ignored her attorney’s proposed next
steps to ask for additional evidence and confirmation whether
Ramirez would be willing to testify to investigators. 

John Clune, Ramirez’s attorney, told The New Yorker he felt any
evidence or other information they would provide to Davis would
be used for their specific political interests or to attack the
allegations. The team also provided a letter detailing further
information and Ramirez’s request for an FBI investigation, which
Clune said the committee ignored. 

“It is remarkable that the committee admits they had enough
information to question Judge Kavanaugh under oath on Debbie’s
statements in The New Yorker, yet that very same information
was insufficient for Debbie’s counsel to earn even a phone call,”
Clune said. 

This is the latest report of a bipartisan divide in pursuing
allegations that have dominated the final days of Kavanaugh’s
confirmation process. Clune said on CNN earlier this week that
only Senate Democrats showed up to a Tuesday call concerning the
allegations. 

Davis first raised flags last week, after a Washington Post article
detailed professor Christine Blasey
Ford’s
 accusation of sexual assault against
Kavanaugh. In a since-deleted tweet,
Davis seemed to refer to Senate Republicans, writing “unfazed and
determined. We will confirm Judge Kavanaugh.”

Republicans have taken a hard line of support for Kavanaugh amid
three total accusations of
sexual misconduct. Two potential swing votes,
Republican Sen. Jeff Flake and Bob Corker, announced Friday
morning that they’ll ultimately vote for him.

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