WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Judiciary Committee staff say they will look into a report that a second woman is accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.
Judiciary spokesman Taylor Foy says Republican committee staff found out about the claim when The New Yorker reported that Deborah Ramirez says Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a college party.
The New Yorker piece says Senate Democrats have been looking into the allegations. Foy says Democrats “actively withheld information” from the Republicans and “it increasingly appears that they are more interested in a political takedown than pursuing allegations through a bipartisan and professional investigative process.”
Foy said the committee is also looking into comments by lawyer Michael Avenatti Sunday that he represents a woman with information about high school-era parties attended by Kavanaugh.
The top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee is seeking “immediate postponement” of any further action on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court amid the new report.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California sent a letter late Sunday to GOP Chairman Chuck Grassley after The New Yorker magazine reported that Senate Democrats are investigating a second woman’s accusation of sexual misconduct by the nominee when he was a Yale freshman.
The panel has set a Thursday hearing with Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, who earlier accused him of sexual assault when they were teens.
Feinstein also asked Grassley to have the FBI investigate both allegations.
In a story Sunday, The New Yorker says Deborah Ramirez recalled Kavanaugh exposing himself at a drunken dormitory party.
The Senate Judiciary Committee has made public the letter in which Christine Blasey Ford alleges sexual assault by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
In the letter to Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, dated July 30, Ford recalls a party in the early 1980s where she says a drunken Kavanaugh pushed her on a bed, stifled her screams and tried to undress her before she escaped. Kavanaugh denies the allegation.
Ford also claims that Kavanaugh’s friend Mark Judge was in the room during the alleged attack.
A lawyer for Judge told the committee he has “no memory of the alleged incident” and has never seen Kavanaugh act the way Ford describes.
Kavanaugh has denied all allegations.
The White House released a statement from the nominee Sunday after the allegations in a New Yorker article in which a woman, Deborah Rodriguez, a former Yale classmate, alleged he exposed himself and thrust his penis in her face during a drunken dormitory party.
Kavanaugh says the event “did not happen” and that the allegation is “a smear, plain and simple.”
A White House spokeswoman adds in a second statement that the allegation is “designed to tear down a good man.”
The New Yorker magazine is reporting that Senate Democrats are investigating a second woman’s accusation of sexual misconduct by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh from his teenage years.
In a story posted Sunday night on its website, The New Yorker reports that the claim dates to the 1983-84 academic year, Kavanaugh’s freshman year at Yale University.
The New Yorker identifies the woman as 53-year-old Deborah Ramirez. The magazine says she described the incident in an interview after being contacted by the magazine.
The magazine says Ramirez remembers that Kavanaugh exposed himself at a drunken dormitory party, thrust his penis in her face, and caused her to touch it without her consent as she pushed him away.