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FBI agents contacted Debbie Ramirez for Kavanaugh background check

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  • The FBI has reportedly contacted Deborah Ramirez,
    one of three women who have accused Supreme Court nominee Brett
    Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, as part of a background
    investigation into Kavanaugh ahead of his confirmation
    vote.
  • The Washington Post reported that the bureau is
    following up on allegations from Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who
    testified to the Senate this week that Kavanaugh had sexually
    assaulted her in the early 1980s. 
  • Federal investigators have one week for the probe and are
    reportedly aiming to schedule interviews throughout the
    weekend. 

The FBI has contacted Deborah Ramirez, one of three
women who have accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of
sexual misconduct, as part of a background investigation into
Kavanaugh ahead of his confirmation vote.

The Washington Post, citing
sources familiar with the investigation, reported that it was not
clear if Ramirez had been interviewed yet. The report confirmed
the agency was also following up on a sexual assault allegation
from California professor Dr. Christine Blasey
Ford

The
Los Angeles Times
reported late Friday that FBI agents began
to zero in on potential witnesses immediately
after President Donald Trump authorized the agency to
conduct a supplemental background check on Kavanaugh, looking to
schedule an interview “as early as tonight.

Ramirez, a former Yale University classmate of
Kavanaugh’s, alleged that he exposed himself to her at a
dorm-room party during the 1983-84 school year. And Ford
testified to the Senate earlier this week that when they were in
high school, the 17-year-old Kavanaugh pinned her down, put his
hand over her mouth, and groped her while his friend watched at a
Bethesda, Maryland party in the early 1980s.

After Ford’s testimony, Kavanaugh vehemently denied her
account and said the process had become “a national disgrace” and
“a circus.” 

Ford’s previously anonymous account was first published in the
Washington Post, a week before The
New Yorker published an article
detailing Ramirez’s
allegation. 

Ramirez said she was reluctant to come forward because she was
drinking at the time of the incident and there are gaps in her
memory, though she said she could recall key details.

“I remember a penis being in front of my face,” she told The New
Yorker. “I knew that’s not what I wanted, even in that state of
mind.”

Ramirez also recalled another student nearby yelling, “Brett
Kavanaugh just put his penis in Debbie’s face.”

After Ford and Ramirez came forward with their accounts, another
woman named Julie Swetnick alleged in a sworn
declaration that Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge would
“spike” punch with drugs or alcohol so that girls could be “gang
raped” by a “train” of boys. Swetnick said she was one of the
victims of such an attack, though she did not name Kavanaugh as
her attacker.

Federal investigators were have been given one week to
complete their investigation, and several other witnesses, like
Judge and Ford’s friend Leland Keyser, have indicated that they
are willing to cooperate fully with law enforcement.

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