Ex-Kavanaugh classmate wants FBI to examine texts related to Ramirez allegations: report

A mutual friend of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Deborah Ramirez, one of his sexual misconduct accusers, has asked the FBI to investigate text messages that Kavanaugh and his allies sent to friends before her story was made public. 

Kerry Berchem, who was at Yale when Kavanaugh is accused of exposing himself to Ramirez, emailed FBI agent J.C. McDonough asking the agency to review those messages as part of its reopened background investigation of Kavanaugh, NBC News reported Monday. 

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NBC reported that text messages between Berchem and Karen Yarasavage, a friend of Kavanaugh, suggest the high court nominee was discussing Ramirez's accusations with former classmates before the publication of a New Yorker piece about the allegations. Yarasavage reportedly said in one message that Kavanaugh tried getting her to publicly defend him.

Berchem told NBC News in a statement that she hasn't drawn conclusions about the messages but believes "they merit investigation by the FBI and the Senate."

“I understand that President TrumpDonald John TrumpForget the spin: Five unrefuted Mueller Report revelations Lara Trump: Merkel admitting migrants 'one of the worst things that ever happened to Germany' Financial satisfaction hits record high: survey MORE and the U.S. Senate have ordered an FBI investigation into certain allegations of sexual misconduct by the nominee Brett Kavanaugh. I have no direct or indirect knowledge about any of the allegations against him," Berchem said.

"However, I am in receipt of text messages from a mutual friend of both Debbie and mine that raise questions related to the allegations. I have not drawn any conclusions as to what the texts may mean or may not mean but I do believe they merit investigation by the FBI and the Senate," she added.

Ramirez told The New Yorker that Kavanaugh pushed his exposed genitals into her face during a party in their freshman year at Yale. Kavanaugh has denied the allegations, as well as separate accusations of sexual misconduct made by Christine Blasey Ford and Julie Swetnick.

NBC News reported that the memo Berchem sent to McDonough, the FBI agent, indicates that there are multiple friends of Kavanaugh who haven't yet been interviewed but who may have information about the alleged incident.

While under oath, Kavanaugh told the Senate Judiciary Panel that the first time he heard of Ramirez's story was from The New Yorker article.

Berchem told NBC News that she re-sent her memo on Monday to McDonough because she hadn't yet heard back from him.

“I’m sure he’s really busy and expect that he’ll get back to me,” Berchem said.

Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court was approved in the Judiciary Committee on Friday in a party-line vote. But Republican Sen. Jeff Flake (Ariz.) called for an FBI investigation into the new allegations to take place before the full Senate votes on Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court.

President Trump announced Friday that he would ask the FBI to conduct a new investigation into Kavanaugh focusing on the accusations.

The White House on Monday authorized the FBI to expand the investigation from an initial limited list of witnesses to anyone the agency deemed appropriate. 

--This report was updated on Oct. 2 at 5:40 a.m.