The attorney for Deborah Ramirez, the second sexual harassment accuser against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, could not deny a major problem with her claims in a CNN interview on Tuesday.
‘She wasn’t sure if Kavanaugh was involved….’
CNN host Anderson Cooper pressed John Clune, Ramirez’s attorney, on the report that his client was not sure that the person who sexually harassed her had been Kavanaugh, and that she only confirmed it after several days of conferring with legal counsel.
“Some people have implied that perhaps the attorney she spoke to may have politically motivated or politically connected, and encouraged her to specifically cite Judge Kavanaugh even though her memory was not full on that,” Cooper said.
“Last night on Fox News, Judge Kavanaugh cited a New York Times report that said Ms. Ramirez had recently contacted former Yale classmates, told them or told some of them that she wasn’t sure it was Kavanaugh, is that true that she had done that?” he asked.
“You know I wasn’t representing her at the time that was going on so I wouldn’t be able to answer that question,” Clune responded.
Clune went on to defend the attorney that Ramirez had contacted, and said that he didn’t have any political agenda in his dealings with Ramirez.
“And just so I’m clear,” Cooper asked, “you’re saying you have not asked your client whether in fact the New York Times reporting was correct that she called up former Yale classmates, and to some express that she wasn’t sure if Kavanaugh was involved?”
“I haven’t asked her about the information in the New York Times, um, article, no,” Clune replied.
“If that in fact was true…” Cooper said.
“Yeah, yeah, I mean,” Clune interrupted, “if that’s true, it would be more evidence to the fact that she wanted to be very very deliberate about what was being put forth.”
Here’s the video of Clune’s comments on CNN:
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) denied Tuesday a demand from Democrats that the testimony of Christine Blasey Ford be delayed in order that the accusations from Ramirez be investigated.
Democrats were later outraged that a vote on Kavanaugh was scheduled for Friday, the day after the testimony is to take place.