Colo. accuser Ramirez blasts Senate for ‘looking the other way’ on Kavanaugh

Author: Washington Examiner - October 7, 2018 - Updated: October 7, 2018

Jessica Campbell-Swanson, an activist from Denver, kisses the sculpture known as the Statue of Contemplation of Justice on the steps of the Supreme Court Building where she and others protested the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh as the high court’s newest justice, in Washington on Oct. 6. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

By Diana Stancy Correll, Washington Examiner

Deborah Ramirez, the Boulder resident who has accused Brett Kavanaugh of exposing himself to her when they were students at Yale University, blamed the Senate for “looking the other way” and intentionally “ignoring his behavior” in sending Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Senate narrowly voted Saturday to confirm Kavanaugh’s appointment to the high court, and he was swiftly sworn in.

“Thirty-five years ago, the other students in the room chose to laugh and look the other way as sexual violence was perpetrated on me by Brett Kavanaugh,” Ramirez said in a statement Saturday just ahead of the confirmation vote.

She added:

As I watch many of the senators speak and vote on the floor of the Senate I feel like I’m right back at Yale where half the room is laughing and looking the other way. Only this time, instead of drunk college kids, it is U.S. senators who are deliberately ignoring his behavior. This is how victims are isolated and silenced.

But I do have corroborating witnesses speaking for me, although they were not allowed to speak to the FBI, and I feel extremely grateful for them and for the overwhelming amount of support that I have received and continue to receive during this extremely difficult and painful time.

There may be people with power who are looking the other way, but there are millions more who are standing together, speaking up about personal experiences of sexual violence and taking action to support survivors. This is truly a collective moment of survivors and allies standing together.

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The Senate voted 50-48 to confirm Kavanaugh following the conclusion of the FBI’s supplementary background check into the allegations. Of Colorado’s two senators, Republican Cory Gardner voted to confirm the nominee and Democrat Michael Bennet was opposed.

Democrats have been critical of the FBI’s probe and have argued that not enough witnesses were interviewed.

Ramirez’s legal team has criticized the FBI for not being more thorough in the investigation, and wrote to FBI Director Christopher Wray and FBI general counsel Dana Boente on Thursday to condemn the FBI for its “failure” to interview additional witnesses that could corroborate their client’s allegations.

U.S. Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., said last week that FBI agents questioned four witnesses in connection with Ramirez’s accusations out of a total of nine interviews.

Lawyers for Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Kavanaugh of forcing himself upon her during a party in the 1980s, also released a statement Friday from “corroborating witness” Keith Koegler, who shared details that the FBI would have learned if he had been interviewed.

The statement claimed that Ford and Koegler had exchanged emails in June that Kavanaugh had assaulted Ford, among other things.

Kavanaugh has denied all allegations of sexual misconduct.

Colorado Politics contributed.

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