The White House pushed back against the latest attack on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, releasing a statement contradicting a hit piece published by The New Yorker.
White House sent this out about 20 minutes ago in response to New Yorker story about Brett Kavanaugh and the new sexual assault allegations leveled against him. pic.twitter.com/1iNtoZfdX3
— Jason Leopold (@JasonLeopold) September 24, 2018
Kavanaugh’s Yale classmate, Deborah Ramirez, spoke out despite admitting that there were “significant gaps” in her memory because she was drunk at the time Kavanaugh allegedly exposed himself to her face during a dorm party. According to the New Yorker, Ramirez “quickly became inebriated” playing a drinking game at the party and “was on the floor, foggy and slurring her words” when she claims Kavanaugh exposed himself.
According to her account in the New Yorker:
“I remember a penis being in front of my face,” she said. “I knew that’s not what I wanted, even in that state of mind.” She recalled remarking, “That’s not a real penis,” and the other students laughing at her confusion and taunting her, one encouraging her to “kiss it.” She said that she pushed the person away, touching it in the process. Ramirez, who was raised a devout Catholic in Connecticut, said that she was shaken. “I wasn’t going to touch a penis until I was married,” she said. “I was embarrassed and ashamed and humiliated.” She remembers Kavanaugh standing to her right and laughing, pulling up his pants. “Brett was laughing,” she said.
“The New Yorker has not confirmed with other eyewitnesses that Kavanaugh was present at the party,” the report stated, but was published anyway in what the White House and Kavanaugh labeled as “a smear, plain and simple.” The judge issued a statement denying the “last-minute accusations” about an event that never happened.
New statements responding to the New Yorker story from Kavanaugh and a White House spokeswoman pic.twitter.com/jDn3JnXoy9
— Jennifer Epstein (@jeneps) September 24, 2018
In a late night response, the White House Press Office issued a lengthy statement highlighting portions of the report and rebutting the claims made by the 53-year-old accuser.
Following is some of the text from that statement:
The accuser, Deborah Ramirez, admits in The New Yorker’s piece that there were “significant gaps” in her memories about the event.
- “She was at first hesitant to speak publicly, partly because her memories contained gaps because she had been drinking at the time of the alleged incident.”
- “Ramirez acknowledged that there are significant gaps in her memories of the evening…”
By The New Yorker’s own admission, Ramirez was reluctant to speak with certainty on the allegation.
- “In her initial conversations with The New Yorker, she was reluctant to characterize Kavanaugh’s role in the alleged incident with certainty.”
It took six days of “assessing her memories” for Ramirez to say she recalled Kavanaugh committing the alleged incident, and that came only after consulting with an attorney provided by the Democrats.
- “After six days of carefully assessing her memories and consulting with her attorney, Ramirez said that she felt confident enough of her recollections…”
- “Senate aides from Ramirez’s home state of Colorado alerted a lawyer, Stanley Garnett, a former Democratic district attorney in Boulder, who currently represents her.”
The New Yorker admits it has not confirmed through eyewitnesses Kavanaugh was even present at the party and other students who knew Kavanaugh said they never heard of the incident.
- “The New Yorker has not confirmed with other eyewitnesses that Kavanaugh was present at the party.”
- “In a statement, two of those male classmates who Ramirez alleged were involved in the incident, the wife of a third male student she said was involved, and three other classmates, Dino Ewing, Louisa Garry, and Dan Murphy, disputed Ramirez’s account of events…”
- “We were the people closest to Brett Kavanaugh during his first year at Yale. He was a roommate to some of us, and we spent a great deal of time with him, including in the dorm where this incident allegedly took place.”
- “Some of us were also friends with Debbie Ramirez during and after her time at Yale. We can say with confidence that if the incident Debbie alleges ever occurred, we would have seen or heard about it—and we did not.”
“A former student who was best friends with Ramirez said she never told her about the incident despite how close they were,” the White House press office concluded.
“This is a woman I was best friends with. We shared intimate details of our lives. And I was never told this story by her, or by anyone else,” the woman, a former friend of Ramirez and who was married to the male classmate allegedly involved in the incident, said in the report. “It never came up. I didn’t see it; I never heard of it happening.”
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