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Kavanaugh accuser Ramirez’s attorney worries FBI not conducting ‘serious’ investigation


The attorney representing the second woman to accuse Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct said Tuesday that his client spoke with FBI investigators over the weekend, but expressed skepticism over the thoroughness of their investigation.

Attorney John Clune said in a series of tweets that the FBI spoke with Deborah Ramirez for more than two hours on Sunday. He described the interview as “detailed and productive,” but said he’s yet to hear whether the bureau will follow through on additional leads.

“Ms. Ramirez identified a number of witnesses, and, at the end of the interview, her lawyers provided the FBI the names and known contact information of additional witnesses (totaling more than 20) who may have corroborating information,” Clune tweeted.

{mosads}”Although we do not know the status of the investigation, we are not aware of the FBI affirmatively reaching out to any of those witnesses,” he continued. “Though we appreciated the agents who responded on Sunday, we have great concern that the FBI is not conducting—or not being permitted to conduct—a serious investigation.”

Ramirez is one of three women to publicly accuse Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct in recent weeks. She alleged that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her during a college party in the 1980s.

Ramirez came forward after Christine Blasey Ford alleged that Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed and groped her during a high school party in the 1980s.

Julie Swetnick then alleged in a signed declaration that Kavanaugh was among a group of high school boys in the early 1980s who she claimed inebriated girls so that they could be “gang raped.”

Kavanaugh has fiercely denied all of the allegations against him.

The White House on Monday reportedly authorized the FBI to interview anyone deemed appropriate as part of its investigation into the allegations.

The expanded latitude for the FBI came after reports over the weekend that the White House had only permitted agents to look into Ford’s and Ramirez’s claims, and only gave the OK for the bureau to interview Ramirez and three other individuals.

President Trump said he favors a “comprehensive” review of the allegations, but insisted that it be completed quickly and remain within the parameters dictated by Senate Republicans.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Tuesday that senators will be able to view the FBI’s findings, and emphasized that the Senate will vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination this week.

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