Murkowski says Kavanaugh's second accuser should testify

Murkowski says Kavanaugh's second accuser should testify
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Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiCongress should reject H.R. 1619's dangerous anywhere, any place casino precedent Democratic frustration growing over stagnating voting rights bills Graham emerges as go-to ally for Biden's judicial picks MORE (R-Alaska) says Deborah Ramirez, the woman who told The New Yorker magazine that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh exposed himself to her, should make her claims more publicly. 

Murkowski on Tuesday encouraged Ramirez to take the same steps as Christine Blasey Ford, who will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday, to make her allegation of misconduct public. 

“How can I base the credibility based on just what I read from you all?” she told reporters. “If there are allegations out there, Ms. Ramirez needs to be willing to come forward with them, just as Dr. Ford has been willing to come forward, albeit reluctantly and understandably so.”

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“In order for us to take them under consideration, she needs to take that next step,” she said of Ramirez.

Murkowski also told reporters that an investigation by the FBI would be helpful, but said it’s not within the power of the Senate Judiciary Committee to order the FBI to conduct such a probe. 

“If there were one, that would help to clear up some of the questions that are out there but that’s not where we are,” she said. 

“I don’t know how long an FBI investigation takes. I think it’s important to remember that it would be part of the continuation of the background check. There have been multiple background checks on Judge Kavanaugh,” she said.

Ford, who has accused Kavanaugh of pinning her to a bed and trying to pull her clothes off during a high school party, will testify before the Judiciary Committee Thursday. She also stated her allegation in a letter that was sent to Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinNew variant raises questions about air travel mandates Progressive groups urge Feinstein to back filibuster carve out for voting rights or resign Senators call for Smithsonian Latino, women's museums to be built on National Mall MORE (Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary panel. 

Murkowski said Ramirez should decide herself whether to testify to the Judiciary Committee under oath.

“That is her decision to make just as it was Dr. Ford’s decision,” she said. 

“It’s very important to take allegations of those who have come forward, to take them seriously and I think we need to go into this hearing with the view with the view that we will listen to Dr. Ford’s story, we will listen to Judge Kavanaugh’s response,” she said of Thursday’s hearing.