At the request of Congress and under orders from President Donald Trump, the FBI has begun its week-long investigation into accusations brought against Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh. As part of that investigation, the FBI has contacted a second Kavanaugh accuser.
John Clune, attorney for Deborah Ramirez has indicated that the FBI probe has contacted his client as they begin to look outside of Dr. Chrstine Blasey Ford’s assault allegations.
Ramirez recently revealed that Kavanaugh exposed his private parts to her during a party at Yale University when they were both undergraduate students. Kavanaugh has vehemently denied that claim.
“We can confirm the FBI has reached out to interview Ms. Ramirez and she has agreed to cooperate with their investigation,” Clune revealed in a tweet on Sunday morning.
“Out of respect for the integrity of the process, we will have no further comment at this time.”
We can confirm the FBI has reached out to interview Ms. Ramirez and she has agreed to cooperate with their investigation. Out of respect for the integrity of the process, we will have no further comment at this time.
— John Clune (@CluneEsq) September 29, 2018
Arizona Senator Jeff Flake began the process when he shocked his colleagues by announcing he would vote no for Kavanaugh’s confirmation if the FBI investigation did not occur. Several Republican leaders joined Flake in his promise, thus ensuring President Trump would order the FBI to investigate.
Kavanaugh is accused of attacking Dr. Christine Blasey Ford during a house party in 1982. Both the alleged victim and her alleged assailant were in high school at the time.
Attorney Michael Avenatti is still waiting to see if the FBI will also investigate the claims of his client, Julie Swetnick. Avenatti’s client has obtained several top-secret security clearances for her work with the United States government. Avenetti also claims to have corroborating parties who are willing to prove his client’s claims.
White House spokesman Raj Shah says the U.S. Senate had set the “scope and duration” of the FBI probe. “The White House is letting the FBI agents do what they are trained to do,” Shah added.
It’s still unclear who the FBI considers a “credible” individual who deserves an investigation from the agency during the short duration allowed for inquiry.