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Second Kavanaugh accuser won't talk to Congress, but still wants an FBI investigation

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The second woman to accuse Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, Deborah Ramirez, will not testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

After accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct in a New Yorker article Sunday night, Deborah Ramirez's lawyer said Ramirez will not testify about the allegations before the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Washington Examiner reported.

Republicans attempted to reach out to Ramirez after publication of the report, which was written by Ronan Farrow and Jane Mayer, who were unable to find a single other person who could corroborate the story.

"Our counsel repeatedly tried to reach [Ramirez's lawyer]," Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) said, according to the Examiner. "They finally did reach him, and he said we are not issuing a statement. He said if you want our statement, read The New Yorker."

Why wouldn't she testify?

Ramirez and her legal counsel apparently have no interest in elaborating on the accusation past what she told The New Yorker, which was that Kavanaugh exposed himself to Ramirez and put his genitals in her face at a party in the dorms at Yale during their freshman year.

It's possible Ramirez wants to avoid the spotlight and conflict that surrounds the first woman to accuse Kavanaugh, Christine Blasey Ford. After days of back-and-forth with the Senate Judiciary Committee, Ford is set to testify about her allegation Thursday.

Ramirez admitted in The New Yorker's report that her memory of the incident was not complete, and Farrow and Mayer wrote that Ramirez was hesitant to share her story in the first place.

"For Ramirez, the sudden attention has been unwelcome, and prompted difficult choices," the article reads. "She was at first hesitant to speak publicly, partly because her memories contained gaps because she had been drinking at the time of the alleged incident. In her initial conversations with The New Yorker, she was reluctant to characterize Kavanaugh's role in the alleged incident with certainty."

Still wants an FBI investigation?

Since Ramirez's lawyer pointed people to the article in The New Yorker for a statement, that indicates that her desire for an FBI investigation into this alleged incident, which she said took place during the 1983-84 school year, still stands.

"I would think an FBI investigation would be warranted," Ramirez is quoted as saying in The New Yorker.

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