Attorney For Deborah Ramirez: FBI Failed To Contact Witnesses

Oct 4, 2018

The FBI’s probe into allegations of sexual assault directed at Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is finished. But frustration surrounding the investigation is growing.

This past Sunday, two agents spoke to Boulder resident Deborah Ramirez for two hours about an alleged incident of sexual misconduct during their time as students at Yale. She also provided the FBI a list of 20 witnesses.

Her attorney claims none of them has been contacted. Attorney William Pittard sent the FBI’s director a letter Thursday providing the names and statements of three men who recalled the incident, adding that “the FBI or those controlling its investigation did not want to learn the truth.” He then sent the FBI another letter with more information from a witness.

Meanwhile, the bureau has interviewed a former high school classmate of Kavanaugh’s who lives in Denver.

Lawyers for Christine Blasey Ford have given FBI Director Chris Wray the names of people they say the FBI should contact to corroborate her account of having been sexually assaulted as a teenager by Kavanaugh.

Kavanaugh denies the claim and is awaiting a Senate vote on his nomination to the Supreme Court.

Lawyers for the California college professor say in their letter to Wray that the FBI hasn't interviewed any of the people whose names they've provided. That includes Ford's husband and others who, the lawyers say, Ford told about the alleged assault.

The FBI report is available for Senators

A key undecided Republican senator on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh says the FBI appears to have conducted a "very thorough investigation" of the sexual misconduct claims against Kavanaugh.

But Maine's Susan Collins says she wants to read the report for herself.

Collins is among the few wavering senators who could decide whether Kavanaugh is confirmed for a seat on the high court.

That group includes fellow Republican Lisa Murkowski, who tells reporters she's heading to the secure room in the Capitol complex where the FBI report is available to be read.

Other Republicans who've left a briefing on the report says there's nothing in it to corroborate the allegations against Kavanaugh, who denies the accusations.

Senate Democrats say the investigation was incomplete and may have been limited by the White House.

A procedural vote on his nomination is set for Friday.

Editor's Note: This story has been updated to reflect the addition of another letter sent to the FBI.