FBI Reaches Out To Deborah Ramirez In Background Probe Of Kavanaugh Allegations

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The FBI has begun contacting people as part of an additional background investigation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, including a second woman who alleges that the Supreme Court nominee sexually assaulted her, according to people familiar with the unfolding investigation.

"We can confirm the FBI has reached out to interview Ms. Ramirez and she has agreed to cooperate with their investigation", Clune said in a tweet.

Sarah Sanders confirmed on Twitter that President Trump has ordered the FBI to conduct a supplemental investigation to update Judge Kavanaugh's file.

"If Kavanaugh's reputation and Ford's privacy had to be sacrificed on the altar of political expediency, the committee Democrats were not going to let basic decency prevent them from using the courts as an alternative path to the political ends they can not reach through legislation", Mendoza explained.

Judge Brett Kavanaugh testifies during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on his nomination be an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, U.S., September 27, 2018.

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The FBI has already reached out to Kavanaugh's Yale classmate Deborah Ramirez, who has accused Kavanaugh of shoving his genitals in her face and forced her to touch his penis without her consent. Ford divulged the details of her charge in a nationally televised hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday, and two more women have come forward publicly claiming episodes of sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh.

Lawyers for P.J. Smyth and Leland Ingham Keyser, two others who Ford said were in the house when she was attacked, have said their clients are willing to cooperate "fully" with the FBI's investigation. Ramirez is now calling for the F.B.I.to investigate Kavanaugh's role in the incident. Flake, in an apparent about-face, subsequently announced he would not vote to confirm Kavanaugh unless there was an FBI investigation into the sexual misconduct allegations against him. The FBI, however, can not force interviews in background check investigations, or in criminal investigations for that matter. Ford could also not recall where or when she was molested.

The one week delay is to enable the FBI to investigate Ford's allegations.

Ford told the Judiciary Committee that some weeks after the alleged assault, she ran into Judge at a local grocery store where he was working for the summer. "I've issued my statement", Flake said.

The FBI conducts background checks for federal nominees, but the agency does not make judgments on the credibility or significance of allegations.

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