The FBI has contacted Deborah Ramirez in the course of its background investigation into allegations of sexual assault and other misconduct against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, the Washington Post first reported Saturday.
Ramirez has accused Kavanaugh of shoving his genitals in her face at a party in college. Kavanaugh has denied that and other allegations of assault and misconduct against him.
Emails published recently by the New Yorker, which broke Ramirez’s story on Sunday, show that Republican staffers on the Senate Judiciary Committee attempted to stonewall Ramirez’s attempts to testify regarding her allegations.
Though Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) voted to approve Kavanaugh’s confirmation in a Judiciary Committee vote Friday, sending it to the full Senate, he also called for a delay in that full Senate vote to allow the FBI time to investigate the allegations against Kavanaugh.
The FBI probe “would be limited to current credible allegations,” Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee announced Friday, leaving open the question of whether Ramirez’s — and Julie Swetnick’s — allegations would be included.
Swetnick hasn’t been contacted by the FBI, her attorney Michael Avenatti told the Post. Avenatti noted: “I don’t know how this investigation could be called complete if they don’t contact her.”
This post has been updated.