Several Yale Law classmates who backed Kavanaugh call for misconduct investigation

Anna Moneymaker

Several of Brett Kavanaugh’s Yale Law School classmates who endorsed his Supreme Court nomination are now calling for an investigation into sexual assault accusations against him. 

“The confirmation process should be conducted in a way that fosters trust in the process and the Supreme Court, and that seriously considers allegations of sexual violence,” Kent Sinclair and Douglas Rutzen said to The Washington Post, adding that the latest sexual assault allegation against Kavanaugh warrants “a fair and credible investigation.”

Mark Osler, a third Yale Law School alum, told the Post that  “corroborating evidence” is necessary to support the claims of sexual assault against Kavanaugh. 

“The focus can’t just be on the accusers and trying to bring their veracity into question. The circumstances need to be probed,” Osler added.

Sinclair, a political independent who practices law; Rutzen, a lawyer in Washington; and Osler, an ex-federal prosecutor, were among Kavanaugh’s former Yale Law School classmate to endorse the nominee. 

They had praised President Trump’s Supreme Court pick in a letter sent on Aug. 27 to the Senate Judiciary Committee. 

But the three have joined the growing calls for an investigation into sexual misconduct accusations. In addition to their statements, current Yale Law School students staged a sit-in on campus on Monday to demand an investigation into the allegations. 

Christine Blasey Ford came forward publicly earlier this month to accuse Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at party while the two were in high school. On Sunday, The New Yorker published a report in which Deborah Ramirez accused Kavanaugh of exposing himself in front of her at a party while the two attended Yale in the 1980s. 

Kavanaugh has fiercely denied the accusations. He and Ford are scheduled to testify before the Judiciary Committee on Thursday regarding Ford’s charges. 

The White House has said that it is open to having Ramirez testify as well. Senate Republicans have continued to reject Democrats’ call for an independent investigation.  

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