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Attorney for second Kavanaugh accuser: Republicans won't take my call

"There's a lot of game-playing that's going on right now by the majority party.”

by David Gilbert
Sep 26 2018, 10:10am

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The second woman to publicly accuse Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct wants to testify before the Senate — but Republicans have reportedly refused.

That is according to her lawyer, Jon Clune, who told Anderson Cooper Tuesday that GOP members of the Senate Judiciary Committee failed to show up to a scheduled call with him earlier that day.

“The difficulty is every time we try to set up a phone call, the majority party either changes the rules of the phone call or they want additional information as a condition of even having a phone call with us,” Clune said.

“We finally had a phone call scheduled for 7 o'clock Eastern this evening, we got on the phone, and only the minority party showed," Clune said. “So, feels like there's a lot of game-playing that's going on right now by the majority party.”

Clune represents Debbie Ramirez, 53, who claims Kavanaugh shoved his penis in her face during a drunken dorm room party while the pair were classmates at Yale University in the early 1980s.

Clune is calling for an FBI investigation to be conducted; asked if Ramirez would testify without one, the attorney said: “I wouldn't recommend she do that, no.”

READ: Kavanaugh floats new defense against sexual assault claims: I was a virgin

Kavanaugh will testify publicly about allegations made by Christine Blasey Ford Thursday. As part of his defense, Kavanaugh has sent his calendar from the summer of 1982 to the Committee.

The dates cover the time period that Blasey Ford, who will also testify Thursday, says the then-17-year-old assaulted her at a drunken house party.

The calendar is surprisingly detailed for a 17-year-old and includes notes about cinema trips to see films such as Rocky III and Grease II, as well as notes about his chores, exams and sleepovers at friends’ houses — including Mark Judge, who Blasey Ford says witnessed her assault.

The calendar also lists a wide range of social events that happened during that summer, including the dates and locations of at least five parties, as well as a number of beach trips with friends. Kavanaugh says the calendar will prove he was not at the party where Blasey Ford says she was assaulted.

For her part, Blasey Ford sent the Committee four sworn testimonies from people who corroborate her claims of sexual assault, according to documents obtained by USA Today.

Ford’s husband and three friends all declare that Blasey Ford told them about the assault at various dates between 2012 and 2017 — prior to Kavanaugh becoming a Supreme Court nominee.

“I remember her saying that her attacker’s name was Brett Kavanaugh, that he was a successful lawyer who had grown up in Christine’s home town, and that he was well-known in the Washington D.C. community,” Russell Ford said in his declaration.

Kavanaugh has staunchly denied all allegations, most recently in a Fox News interview. Similarly the White House and Donald Trump have stood firmly behind their pick, with the president continuing to paint the accusations as a coordinated hit by the Democratic Party.

Cover image: Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh leaves his home September 19, 2018 in Chevy Chase, Maryland. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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