FBI reaches out to second Kavanaugh accuser which could indicate the scope of the Kavanaugh investigation.

By | 2018-09-30T06:17:05+00:00 September 30th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , |11 Comments

Well, they certainly did not waste any time.

Courtesy of WaPo:

The FBI has begun contacting people as part of an additional background investigation of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, including a second woman who alleges that the Supreme Court nominee sexually assaulted her, according to people familiar with the unfolding investigation.

The bureau has reached out to Deborah Ramirez, a Yale University classmate of Kavanaugh’s who alleges that he shoved his genitals in her face at a party where she had been drinking and become disoriented. It was not clear that agents had yet interviewed Ramirez. But the FBI is moving quickly to contact people as part of the new background investigation, which President Trump ordered on Friday under pressure from

key members of his party.

The FBI also is following up on allegations by Christine Blasey Ford, a California psychologist, who testified to the Senate this week that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in the early 1980s when they were in high school in suburban Washington, D.C.

We also learned that Ford’s good friend will also cooperate with investigators.

Courtesy of CNN:

Leland Ingham Keyser, a friend of the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault when they were at a party in high school, does not refute the veracity of the allegation, although she does not remember the alleged incident, her lawyer said in a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, claims that during a party in the early 1980s at which Keyser and several others were present, Kavanaugh drunkenly pushed her into a bedroom, pinned her down and attempted to remove her clothes before she was able to escape. Kavanaugh has vehemently denied the allegation.

“Ms. Keyser does not refute Dr. Ford’s account, and she has already told the press that she believes Dr. Ford’s account,” Keyser’s attorney, Howard Walsh, wrote in the letter, which was sent to the committee overnight Friday. “However, the simple and unchangeable truth is that she is unable to corroborate it because she has no recollection of the incident in question.”

Walsh also said in the letter that Keyser will “cooperate fully” with an FBI investigation into the allegation.

The Republicans liked to bandy about Keyser’s name as proof that Ford was not believable, but memories can certainly be jogged under FBI questioning and there is no telling what details she might remember about Kavanaugh or those house parties, which might help her friend’s case. 

However, it should be noted that the White House retains control over the parameters of the investigation. 

Courtesy of CBS News:

The FBI investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh will be defined by White House instructions, former FBI Assistant Director Ron Hosko told CBS News.

It’s unlikely, said Hosko, that the White House would ask the FBI to track down leads that could tarnish Kavanaugh’s reputation, such as looking more thoroughly into his history of drinking and questioning his credibility. The White House dictates “what they want the FBI to do, and by extension, what they don’t want the FBI to do

Hosko said that he believes that if the investigation just involves interviewing four to five people, it should be wrapped up in a few days. It would then be presented to the White House, which would then give the report to the Senate Judiciary Committee. If there is nothing truly new in the report, it likely won’t take long for the document to be made public.

“Is the instruction to interview the four people? If that’s what their instruction is, that’s what they’ll do,” Hosko said, adding that the investigators were unlikely to pursue other leads without instruction.

Well, that’s a little troubling.

Update: Afer I wrote all of this up last night Trump sent out this tweet.


Now we could assume that the New York Times and various other news outlets were wrong about the White House restricting this investigation, or we can consider the fact that Trump recognized the intense scrutiny on this process and removed his thumb from the scale. 

Either way, it should give us all a little more hope on a more fact-based outcome. 

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11 Comments

  1. Anonymous September 30, 2018 at 6:33 am

    This investigation is a farce,gives flake collins and murkowski a way out.

    He will be confirmed,we need to get the vote out.

    P.s.miss lindsey making rounds of program,shame

  2. Con'BLOW'job September 30, 2018 at 7:45 am

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/09/kellyanne-conway-stuns-jake-tapper-revealing-sexual-assault-responsible-conduct/

    “I feel very empathetic towards victims of sexual assault, sexual harassment, and rape,” she explained. “I’m a victim of sexual assault. I don’t expect Judge Kavanaugh or Jake Tapper or Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) or anybody to be held responsible for that. You have to be responsible for your own conduct.”I

    ““If not one Senate member changes their vote because of what they learn from the FBI investigation, that tells you all you need to know about what the president and Judge Kavanaugh have said is a sham,” “This is partisan politics. I want those women who were sexually assaulted and confronting Jeff Flake, God bless them, but go blame the perpetrator, that’s who is responsible for the sexual assaults.”

    “But can I ask you a question, and first of all, this is the first time I’ve ever heard you talk about something personal like that and I’m sorry,” Tapper replied.
    “But you work for a president who says all the women who accused him are lying. There have been a number of people–“

    “Don’t CONflate that with this,” CONway interrupted. “Let’s not always bring Trump into everything that happens in the universe.””

  3. ACLU September 30, 2018 at 8:14 am

    https://www.politicususa.com/2018/09/30/aclu-breaks-neutrality-rule-to-oppose-kavanaugh.html

    THIS>”This is a break in the ACLU’s historical practice of not endorsing or opposing judicial candidates.”

    Judge Brett Kavanaugh should not be confirmed to the Supreme Court. Period.
    7:59 AM – Sep 29, 2018

  4. Do The Right Thing September 30, 2018 at 8:23 am

    “The delay, which could be more consequential depending on what the FBI finds, slammed the brakes on Trump and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell’s pledge to “plow right through” to a quick confirmation of Kavanaugh.”
    He told reporters in a Capitol hallway, “Just watching the hearing yesterday, the questions and then the reporting on it afterwards. It just, you know, was a sleepless night.”
    In his remarks to reporters, he said, the encounter in the elevator was only one of many in recent days. “I’ve heard from a lot of people by phone, email, text, walking around the Capitol. … It has been remarkable over the past week.”
    “This country is being ripped apart here. We have to be sure we do DUE DILIGENCE,”

    https://www.politicususa.com/2018/09/29/senator-flakes-journey-to-defying-trump-on-supreme-court-nominee.html

  5. Anonymous September 30, 2018 at 9:32 am

    Lets not bring Trump into everything that happens in the universe? I thought their go to was to blame Obama for everything that happened in the universe? Hypocrisy is their shield and will be with them till their deaths. Assholes. I am glad that they are at least making an effort to look into this. It was good to see Grassley know that the Republican’s grandiose plan to cementing a sketchy nominee was going by the wayside. They so desperately wanted Kavanaugh because he personifies everything the GOP stand for. Lying, groping, misogyny, bully the bulldozerness, and a certain I can fuck you and there ain’t nuttin you can do about it attitude. Which Kavanaugh bought to light when he tried to sound like democrats had orchestrated this whole affair because they were sad about Donald Trump winning the presidency. Not so fact Brett old boy. The world does not happen like that. You are being targeted because years ago you were a bad drunk boy. You crossed boundaries that affected people. And when they saw on tv that you were being handed a position where you would deal with women issues, someone felt compelled to come forward because of the wrongness of it even if it cost her too. You, Brett sat up there spittin and spewin while Lindsey and Chuck fought for you as a done deal. This is what it looks like when men think they can run the world. Men ramrod women. Trump and his constituents want the Handmaiden’s tale. They want the stepford wives. They want to wear the suits and that’s why they hate it when Hillary wears suits. I am glad that these women came forward even when they knew that the men in the GOP were basic bullies with a rapist mentality. Good for the women. Now, we just need to stand behind them in droves so they don’t falter. It’s lonely when you stand before a passel of old bullies. Blasey Ford did good on that day.

  6. Anon September 30, 2018 at 12:51 pm

    I’m afraid we aren’t going to be happy with the FBI investigations unless they find Kavanaugh guilty of attempted rape. I’m prepared to be disappointed. I’m so mad at the idiots who voted for Trump! Because of their stupidity, we may have to live with som very life altering changes for the next 40 years.

    • Anonymous September 30, 2018 at 8:50 pm

      FBI investigations do not find persons guilty or not guilty, Anon 12:51.

      The very basic level of (NOT) understanding of investigative process vs judicial processes by the mass populace worries me greatly for this land.

  7. Anon September 30, 2018 at 6:55 pm

    https://www.politicususa.com/2018/09/30/deborah-ramirez-has-given-the-fbi-a-list-of-witnesses-to-back-up-kavanaugh-sexual-assault-allegation.html

    “The source said Ramirez supplied the FBI on Sunday with the names of witnesses.

    There is much more at stake besides a Supreme Court nomination. We are at a critical moment in American cultural history. America as a nation can send a message to women and men who are sexually assaulted that they can come forward. They will be believed. Their stories will be taken seriously and perpetrators will be held accountable.”

  8. NO LIE September 30, 2018 at 7:08 pm

    ““Quite frankly, her testimony the other day was far from credible,” he began. She’s a very, very disturbed woman with clear emotional and psychological problems. This is a 55-year-old adult who testified like an adolescent. Not a single corroborating detail.”

    He claimed that because she testified she didn’t know the committee offered to fly out to get her testimony that she is a liar. Her attorneys said that they knew of the committee’s decision, Ford told the committee she likely misunderstood what was being presented to her as an option. Ford said that she has been forced to move twice in the past few months and has struggled as death threats came in.

    Still, diGenova thought it was enough to discredit her.

    “That means she’s either dumb as a post or she lied to the committee under oath,” he continued. “I think Christine Ford is a very sad woman and not a thing that she said should be believed and none of it has corroborated.””

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/09/fox-news-judge-goes-off-dr-ford-adolescent-woman-emotional-psychological-problems-either-dumb-post-liar/

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