Gillibrand calls for Kavanaugh nomination to be withdrawn

Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandMaloney primary challenger calls on her to return, donate previous campaign donations from Trump Senate confirms controversial circuit court nominee She Should Run launches initiative to expand number of women in political process MORE (D-N.Y.) is calling for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to be withdrawn following two sexual misconduct allegations against him. 

Gillibrand on Sunday tweeted her support for Deborah Ramirez, the woman who hours earlier went public in The New Yorker with her accusations against Kavanaugh. Ramirez is alleging that Kavanaugh exposed himself without her consent when the two attended Yale University together in the 1980s. 


Her account comes one week after Christine Blasey Ford claimed in a Washington Post interview that Kavanaugh forced himself on her when the two attended neighboring high schools in 1982. 

"Senate Republicans were trying to rush a vote while they knew Deborah Ramirez would come forward with her story," Gillibrand wrote, referencing the New Yorker's reporting that indicates GOP staffers knew about Ramirez's accusation as they tried to push Kavanaugh's confirmation process forward last week. 

"They deny Dr. Ford an FBI investigation, won’t subpoena corroborating witnesses, and now, this," Gillibrand wrote. "It’s an embarrassment. They have absolutely no interest in the truth." 

"Enough is enough," she continued. "One credible sexual assault claim should have been too many to get a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court and make decisions that will affect millions of women’s lives for generations."

"Two is an embarrassment," she added. "It’s time for a new nominee." 

Gillibrand has been floated as a potential 2020 contender. 

The top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinGOP senator wants Violence Against Women Act passage by year end Hillicon Valley: Commerce extends Huawei waiver | Senate Dems unveil privacy bill priorities | House funding measure extends surveillance program | Trump to tour Apple factory | GOP bill would restrict US data going to China Senate Democrats unveil priorities for federal privacy bill MORE (D-Calif.), on Sunday evening called for Kavanaugh's nomination to be postponed and renewed her call for the FBI to investigate the accusations against him. 

"Today, Deborah Ramirez came forward with serious allegations of sexual misconduct by Judge Kavanaugh," Feinstein said in a statement. " An investigation needs to be conducted as part of Judge Kavanaugh’s background investigation by career professionals at the FBI – not partisan staff of the Committee." 

Ramirez also called for an investigation by the FBI, saying she believes her account warrants a federal probe. 

Ramirez is accusing Kavanaugh of thrusting his penis in her face, causing her to touch it without her consent. Ford is alleging that he pinned her down and groped her over her clothes during a high school party a few years before Ramirez's account.  

Kavanaugh and Ford are set to testify on Thursday. Kavanaugh has forcefully denied all accusations against him from Ford and Ramirez.