Deborah Ramirez is accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct toward her when they were students at Yale, in a new expose published tonight by Ronan Farrow and Jane Mayer in the New Yorker. This comes shortly after Dr. Christine Blasey Ford formally agreed to testify before the Senate about her attempted rape accusation against Kavanaugh. And in a sign that the floodgates are open, a third woman is now also seeking to testify to the Senate about Kavanaugh.
Deborah Ramirez is accusing Brett Kavanaugh of drunken sexually inappropriate behavior toward her at a college party. This comes after Ford accused Kavanaugh of drunken sexually inappropriate behavior at a high school party. Ramirez has already taken her story to Senate Democrats, who have been investigating it. When Senate Republicans learned about it, they responded by trying to accelerate the timeline of Kavanaugh’s confirmation before the accusation could come out. But Ford and Ramirez aren’t the only ones coming forward.
Yesterday, Michael Avenatti hinted that additional accusers were about to come forward against Kavanaugh. This evening he tweeted that he had retained an unnamed woman as a client, and that she wanted to testify to the Senate about Kavanaugh. When the New Yorker story broke tonight, many observers mistakenly assumed that this was what Avenatti was talking about. But then Avenatti tweeted that his client is not Ramirez.
This means we’re talking about three different women coming forward against Brett Kavanaugh – and the night is still young. Does anyone still believe Mitch McConnell’s claim that he has the votes to confirm this guy? Kavanaugh may not even still be the nominee by morning.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report