Ramirez’s allegations also went nowhere with the FBI, despite a list of 25 (!) possible corroborating witnesses:

Ms. Ramirez’s legal team gave the F.B.I. a list of at least 25 individuals who may have had corroborating evidence. But the bureau — in its supplemental background investigation — interviewed none of them, though we learned many of these potential witnesses tried in vain to reach the F.B.I. on their own.

Two F.B.I. agents interviewed Ms. Ramirez, telling her that they found her “credible.” But the Republican-controlled Senate had imposed strict limits on the investigation. “‘We have to wait to get authorization to do anything else,’” Bill Pittard, one of Ms. Ramirez’s lawyers, recalled the agents saying. “It was almost a little apologetic.”


All of this is in addition to the very credible allegations by a third woman, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who said Kavanaugh sexually attacked her while the two were in high school. Ford said Kavanaugh “pinned her to a bed on her back and groped her over her clothes, grinding his body against hers and clumsily attempting to pull off her one-piece bathing suit and the clothing she wore over it. When she tried to scream, she said, he put his hand over her mouth,” according to an account previously published in The Washington Post.


Despite these details, as the Times notes, Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Judiciary Committee at the time, outrageously claimed, “There is no corroboration of the allegations made by Dr. Ford or Ms. Ramirez.” Kavanaugh was confirmed on Oct. 6, 2018, by a vote of 50-48.

Donald Trump, who also has been accused of multiple cases of sexual assault and who picked Kavanaugh to serve on the Supreme Court, weighed in on the issue on Twitter on Sunday morning.


“Brett Kavanaugh should start suing people for liable, or the Justice Department should come to his rescue,” Trump tweeted, misspelling the word “libel.” He corrected it about an hour later in a new tweet.

“The lies being told about him are unbelievable. False Accusations without recrimination. When does it stop? They are trying to influence his opinions. Can’t let that happen!” he wrote.


In another tweet, Trump wrote, “Now the Radical Left Democrats and their Partner, the LameStream Media, are after Brett Kavanaugh again, talking loudly of their favorite word, impeachment. He is an innocent man who has been treated HORRIBLY. Such lies about him. They want to scare him into turning Liberal!”


Last year, when all of this initially came out, Trump had claimed it was a “hoax” plotted by Democrats to derail Kavanaugh’s nomination.

Read the entire report.

Update, 9/16/19, 1:47 p.m. ET: The New York Times added an editors’ note to its piece about Kavanaugh, saying that it had updated the piece to clarify that the woman at the center of Max Stier’s allegation about Kavanaugh “declined to be interviewed and friends say that she does not recall the incident.”