Dem senator calls on Kavanaugh to withdraw after second allegation

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) is calling on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to withdraw as a second sexual misconduct allegation emerges against him. 

Merkley on Sunday evening tweeted that Kavanaugh should “step aside immediately,” hours after The New Yorker published an article detailing accusations from Kavanaugh’s former Yale University classmate.

{mosads}Deborah Ramirez is alleging that Kavanaugh exposed himself in front of her without consent in the 1980s.

“The additional information provided by [Deborah] Ramirez regarding Kavanaugh’s behavior in college presents a pattern of conduct that makes it absolutely clear that he is entirely unsuited to serve on the Supreme Court,” Merkley tweeted.

“I call upon Brett Kavanaugh for the good of the country and the integrity of the court to step aside immediately,” he wrote. “It is time to set aside partisanship and for all 100 senators to join together and acknowledge that this individual is not the right person to serve on the highest court of the land.”  

Merkley was one of the first Democratic lawmakers to speak out following the bombshell piece, which comes one week after another woman, Christine Blasey Ford, went public with accusations that Kavanaugh forced himself on her during a high school party in 1982. 

Kavanaugh and the White House have denied both accusations.

Ramirez is accusing Kavanaugh of thrusting his penis in her face, forcing her to touch it without her consent. She is calling for the FBI to investigate her account.  
“I remember a penis being in front of my face,” Ramirez told the New Yorker. “I knew that’s not what I wanted.” She said other students taunted and mocked her, with one encouraging her to “kiss it.” 
Ramirez said she pushed Kavanaugh away, touching his penis by accident. 
“Brett was laughing,” Ramirez said. “I can still see his face, and his hips coming forward, like when you pull up your pants. Somebody yelled down the hall, ‘Brett Kavanaugh just put his penis in Debbie’s face.'” 
“It was his full name,” she said. “I don’t think it was just ‘Brett.’ And I remember hearing and being mortified that this was out there.”  

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), who serves on the Senate Judiciary Committee, also retweeted the New Yorker piece, reiterating her calls for the FBI to investigate claims against Kavanaugh.

“The FBI must investigate these claims and Dr. Blasey Ford’s,” Harris wrote. “It is also more clear than ever that Mark Judge must be compelled to testify in front of the Judiciary Committee.”

Kavanaugh and Ford are set to testify on Thursday, but it is unknown whether Ramirez would be willing to submit to a public hearing. 

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