In a new story out on Saturday, the New York Times took a deeper look into Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's time as an undergrad at Yale University and found multiple people who corroborated the story of Deborah Ramirez, a fellow student who claimed that at a dorm party Kavanaugh "pulled down his pants and thrust his penis at her, prompting her to swat it away and inadvertently touch it."
Ramirez came forward with her accusation during Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing, and Kavanaugh claimed that if anything like it had happened then it would have been the "talk of the campus." According to the Times, "Our reporting suggests that it was." And in the process of finding people who back up Ramirez's story, the Times found a whole new sexual misconduct allegation against Kavanaugh. Per the Times:
At least seven people, including Ms. Ramirez’s mother, heard about the Yale incident long before Mr. Kavanaugh was a federal judge. Two of those people were classmates who learned of it just days after the party occurred, suggesting that it was discussed among students at the time. We also uncovered a previously unreported story about Mr. Kavanaugh in his freshman year that echoes Ms. Ramirez’s allegation. A classmate, Max Stier, saw Mr. Kavanaugh with his pants down at a different drunken dorm party, where friends pushed his penis into the hand of a female student. Mr. Stier, who runs a nonprofit organization in Washington, notified senators and the F.B.I. about this account, but the F.B.I. did not investigate and Mr. Stier has declined to discuss it publicly. (We corroborated the story with two officials who have communicated with Mr. Stier.)
On Twitter, Donald Trump defended Kavanaugh, the second justice he's appointed to the Court, saying, "He is an innocent man who has been treated HORRIBLY. Such lies about him. They want to scare him into turning Liberal!" He added that Kavanaugh should sue for libel or "the Justice Department should come to his rescue."
During his confirmation hearings, Kavanaugh was accused of sexual assault by Christine Blasey Ford and later cleared by an FBI investigation. That investigation though was incredibly narrow, and since the FBI was simply conducting a background check on behalf of the White House instead of a full criminal investigation, the White House dictated which witnesses investigators were allowed to speak with. Stier's is just one of several accounts of witnesses trying to speak with the FBI only to be turned away or stonewalled.
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