Deborah Ramirez is the second person to accuse Brett Kavanaugh of sexual impropriety. And, much like the first one, she probably should have picked her witnesses somewhat better.
Ramirez, a 53-year-old Yale graduate who now lives in Colorado, according to USA Today, a made her accusation in a piece written by Ronan Farrow and Jane Meyer for The New Yorker, which was published on Sunday.
“She was at first hesitant to speak publicly, partly because her memories contained gaps because she had been drinking at the time of the alleged incident,” the piece claims.
“In her initial conversations with The New Yorker, she was reluctant to characterize Kavanaugh’s role in the alleged incident with certainty.
“After six days of carefully assessing her memories and consulting with her attorney, Ramirez said that she felt confident enough of her recollections to say that she remembers Kavanaugh had exposed himself at a drunken dormitory party, thrust his penis in her face, and caused her to touch it without her consent as she pushed him away.”
Much like the problems with Christine Blasey Ford’s accusation, however, the sources Ramirez gave The New Yorker didn’t necessarily back up her story. Three students in particular gave a starkly different version of what happened.
“In a statement, two of those male classmates who Ramirez alleged were involved in the incident, the wife of a third male student she said was involved, and three other classmates, Dino Ewing, Louisa Garry, and Dan Murphy, disputed Ramirez’s account of events,” Farrow and Meyer wrote.
Ewing, Garry and Murphy were arguably the most damning for Ramirez’s claims, especially because they weren’t accused of anything.
“We were the people closest to Brett Kavanaugh during his first year at Yale,” the three wrote in a letter to The New Yorker.
“He was a roommate to some of us, and we spent a great deal of time with him, including in the dorm where this incident allegedly took place. Some of us were also friends with Debbie Ramirez during and after her time at Yale.
“We can say with confidence that if the incident Debbie alleges ever occurred, we would have seen or heard about it — and we did not. The behavior she describes would be completely out of character for Brett.
“In addition, some of us knew Debbie long after Yale, and she never described this incident until Brett’s Supreme Court nomination was pending. Editors from the New Yorker contacted some of us because we are the people who would know the truth, and we told them that we never saw or heard about this.”
There are a number of other inconsistencies within the piece, but this arguably is the most damaging.
After all, these were some of the people who arguably new Kavanaugh and Ramirez best at this time in their lives. Not only are they willing to vouch for Kavanaugh’s character, they contend that the incident couldn’t have happened because they would have known about it.
Now, could it have flown under the radar? Of course. However, it seems somewhat unlikely, particularly given their closeness to both principals.
That’s a damning statement — and something those who want to use this allegation to stop the Kavanaugh nomination will have to address.
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