Republicans were aware of Deborah Ramirez’s allegations as they tried to push for Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation vote last week. Though many were blindsided by last night’s reports, the New Yorker claims the GOP were made aware of the allegations ahead of time and it was one of many reasons for the push towards an accelerated vote.
GOP leaders such as Mitch McConnell and Lindsay Graham have been attempting to push the vote forward at an increase rate. Graham tweeted last week that the vote should move forward as fast as possible. On Friday, McConnell pledged to GOP voters that Kavanaugh would “plow right through” nominations.
This morning, aides to Senate Judiciary chairman Chuck Grassley claimed he learned of the allegations last night. According to the New Yorker’s Ronan Farrow and Jane Mayer, his statement is untrue. The writing duo claims, “Senior Republican staffers also learned of the allegation last week and, in conversations with The New Yorker, expressed concern about its potential impact on Kavanaugh’s nomination. Soon after, Senate Republicans issued renewed calls to accelerate the timing of a committee vote.”
GOP leadership has to this point, refused calls for an FBI investigation. Democratic Senators have seized the Ramirez claims to further push for FBI intervention. Senator Marie Hizono (D) of Hawaii said, “This is another serious, credible and disturbing allegation against Brett Kavanaugh. It should be fully investigated.”
It will be interesting to see if the FBI now becomes involved. The GOP may also hope that Kavanaugh resigns for consideration as his situation could hurt the Republicans chances in the midterm elections. According to the latest Wall St. Journal poll, the Democrats hold a 12 point lead in the generic Congressional ballot.
The one member of the Republican party who does not seemed concerned is Donald Trump. The President has been surprisingly restrained when it comes to Kavanaugh and he claims the judge was “born for the Supreme Court.”