Deborah Ramirez, who has accused Supreme Court nominee 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.”
"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. "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,” she added. “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.”
The statement comes as the Senate is poised to confirm Kavanaugh Saturday afternoon, following the conclusion of the FBI’s supplementary background check into the allegations and after the Senate voted Friday to advance his nomination.
Even so, Democrats have been critical of the FBI’s probe and have argued that not enough witnesses were interviewed. White House spokesman Raj Shah said during an interview with CNN on Thursday morning that the FBI had interviewed nine sources.
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.
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.