We Should Have Listened to Kavanaugh’s Latina Accuser to Begin With

A year ago, Dr

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A year ago, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford said under oath that Brett Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her while they attended Yale University. Another student at Yale, Deborah Ramirez, also accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct. After the FBI’s “supplemental investigation” – meaning restricted and limited investigation — Kavanaugh was confirmed as a judge on the Supreme Court. Now after a 10-month investigation, two New York Times reporters have released a book that discloses details and information that confirms what many speculated to be true.

In an excerpt from the book, published in the Times, the account that Ramirez told the FBI, which was that Kavanaugh had exposed his penis to her at a party “prompting her to swat it away and inadvertently touch it” was confirmed by witnesses. Last year, Kavanaugh said that if he had done what Ramirez alleged, then it would be the “the talk of campus” and the investigation by two reporters show that it was.

Reporters Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly also disclosed another incident in which Kavanaugh exposed himself at a separate event.

“A classmate, Max Stier, saw Mr. Kavanaugh with his pants down at a different drunken dorm party, where friends pushed his penis into the hand of a female student,” the reporters wrote.

While any sort of sexual misconduct is terrible, what is most disturbing about this investigation conducted by journalists, is that it should have been handled thoroughly by the FBI last year. However, this report shows that the FBI both could not do more because they were restricted by the White House, and also that the FBI did not follow up on tips and information that was given to them.

Now that details have been confirmed by multiple sources, Democrats are calling for the impeachment of Kavanaugh. Several presidential candidates including Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Beto O’Rourke, and Julián Castro have called for Judge Kavanaugh to resign or be impeached. Castro tweeted “Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation is a shame to the Supreme Court. This latest allegation of assault must be investigated,” and added, “It’s more clear than ever that Brett Kavanaugh lied under oath. He should be impeached. And Congress should review the failure of the Department of Justice to properly investigate the matter.”

Republicans, including President Donald Trump, have come to Judge Kavanaugh’s defense. Sen. Ted Cruz said in an ABC interview: “I bet you the next Democratic debate they’ll all be saying impeach Kavanaugh, impeach Trump. There’s nobody they don’t want to impeach…they just have to let the anger go and recognize that the Democratic process actually moves on.”

Regardless of whether politicians move on from this topic or not, one thing they should know is they cannot silence victims of sexual assault.

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