Emails Show That GOP Staff Stonewalled Ramirez’s Attempt To Testify

UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 13: Chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, conducts a markup of the Senate Judiciary Committee in Dirksen Building on September 13, 2018, where Republicans voted to move the committee vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to September 20th. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 13: Chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, conducts a markup of the Senate Judiciary Committee in Dirksen Building on September 13, 2018, where Republicans voted to move the committee vote on Su... UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 13: Chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, conducts a markup of the Senate Judiciary Committee in Dirksen Building on September 13, 2018, where Republicans voted to move the committee vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to September 20. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) MORE LESS
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Emails traded between the legal team of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s second accuser, Deborah Ramirez, and a Republican Senate Judiciary Committee staffer reveal that the Republican aide stonewalled first steps to get Ramirez’s testimony, according to a Friday New Yorker article.

In the emails, Ramirez’s lawyer John Clune said that his client had evidence and witnesses pertaining to her claim of sexual misconduct, and that she may be willing to testify to the Senate Judiciary Committee even without the FBI investigation she preferred. However, he wanted to have a call with the members of the committee to ensure her protection in the process before she released all of her information.

In response, Republican staffer Mike Davis refused to have a phone call to hammer out the logistics without more evidence than she had already provided in her original account in the New Yorker and an unequivocal agreement to testify to committee investigators no matter the terms.

A Democratic staffer on the email thread jumped in.

“As you’re aware, Ms. Ramirez’s counsel have repeatedly requested to speak with the Committee, on a bipartisan basis, to determine how to proceed. You refused,” staffer Heather Sawyer said, per the New Yorker. “I’ve never encountered an instance where the Committee has refused even to speak with an individual or counsel. I am perplexed as to why this is happening here, except that it seems designed to ensure that the Majority can falsely claim that Ms. Ramirez and her lawyers refused to cooperate. That simply is not true.”

On Friday, during the Senate Judiciary Committee’s speeches preceding the vote on Kavanaugh, Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) doubled down on his insistence that his staff had done all they could to reach Ramirez and get her testimony, but that they were stymied by her lack of cooperation.

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  1. Avatar for theod theod says:

    So many lies surround this nomination. Grassley’s is just one more.

  2. Avatar for denisj denisj says:

    Perhaps we will see an impeachment of a Supreme Court Justice after confirmation and after the D’s take over congress. I can dream can’t I?

  3. Curious to hear from lawyer types about the possibility of impeaching a SCOTUS justice. If Dems take the House, and they investigate these claims and find evidence, can anything be done?

  4. Avatar for denisj denisj says:

    On another note: as an Iowan once again I must apologize for the farmer chairing the Judiciary Committee and the 50% of Iowans that support him.

  5. Have to take the Senate. The Senate has advise and consent duties, not the House. AND you still have to have the votes to impeach. But you sure can make him look bad.

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