FBI con­tacts Ramirez in Ka­vanaugh probe.

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WASH­ING­TON — The FBI has con­tacted Deb­o­rah Ramirez, who has ac­cused Brett Ka­vanaugh of sex­ual mis­con­duct when he was a Yale stu­dent, as part of the bureau’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the Supreme Court nom­i­nee, her at­tor­ney said Satur­day.

Ramirez’s lawyer, John Clune, said agents want to in­ter­view her and she has agreed to co­op­er­ate. Ramirez, who grew up in Shel­ton and at­tended St. Joseph High School in Trum­bull, has said Ka­vanaugh ex­posed him­self to her at a party in the early 1980s when they were Yale stu­dents.

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump or­dered the FBI on Fri­day to re­open Ka­vanaugh’s back­ground in­ves­ti­ga­tion af­ter sev­eral women ac­cused Ka­vanaugh of sex­ual mis­con­duct. Ka­vanaugh has de­nied the al­le­ga­tions.

Se­nate lead­ers agreed to de­lay a fi­nal vote on Ka­vanaugh’s nom­i­na­tion to al­low for a one-week FBI in­ves­ti­ga­tion. The Se­nate Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee has said the probe should be lim­ited to “cur­rent cred­i­ble al­le­ga­tions” against Ka­vanaugh and be fin­ished by next Fri­day.

The FBI con­ducts back­ground checks for fed­eral nom­i­nees, but the agency does not make judg­ments on the cred­i­bil­ity or sig­nif­i­cance of al­le­ga­tions. The in­ves­ti­ga­tors will com­pile in­for­ma­tion about Ka­vanaugh’s past and pro­vide their find­ings to the White House and in­clude the in­for­ma­tion in Ka­vanaugh’s back­ground file, which is avail­able to sen­a­tors.

Ka­vanaugh and an­other of his ac­cusers, Chris­tine Blasey Ford, who says Ka­vanaugh sex­u­ally as­saulted her when both were teenagers, tes­ti­fied pub­licly be­fore the Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee on Thurs­day.

Ka­vanaugh’s high school friend Mark Judge, who Ford says was in the room when a drunken Ka­vanaugh sex­u­ally as­saulted her, said that he will co­op­er­ate with any law en­force­ment agency that will “con­fi­den­tially in­ves­ti­gate” sex­ual mis­con­duct al­le­ga­tions against him and Ka­vanaugh. Judge has also de­nied Ford’s al­le­ga­tions.

Lawyers for P.J. Smyth and Le­land Ing­ham Keyser, two oth­ers who Ford said were in the house when she was at­tacked, have said their clients are will­ing to co­op­er­ate “fully” with the FBI’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

A third woman, Julie Swet­nick, ac­cused Ka­vanaugh and Judge of ex­ces­sive drink­ing and in­ap­pro­pri­ate treat­ment of women in the early 1980s, among other ac­cu­sa­tions. Ka­vanaugh has called her ac­cu­sa­tions a “joke” and Judge has said he “cat­e­gor­i­cally” de­nies the al­le­ga­tions.

Swet­nick’s at­tor­ney, Michael Ave­natti, said Satur­day af­ter­noon that his client had not been con­tacted by the FBI but is will­ing to fully co­op­er­ate with in­ves­ti­ga­tors.

Sen. Shel­don White­house, a Demo­cratic mem­ber of the Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee from Rhode Is­land, said he ex­pects the FBI would pro­vide ad­e­quate staffing for the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, with teams work­ing in par­al­lel to in­ves­ti­gate sep­a­rate al­le­ga­tions. Agents should get sup­port from the Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee for rapid im­mu­nity and sub­poena de­ci­sions, he said.

Saul Loeb / Bloomberg

Brett Ka­vanaugh, U.S. Supreme Court jus­tice nom­i­nee, re­acts while tes­ti­fy­ing dur­ing a Se­nate Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee hear­ing in Wash­ing­ton on Thurs­day.


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