Kavanaugh under siege

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By Perry Diaz

Just three days before Dr. Christine Blasey-Ford is to testify against Judge Brett Kavanaugh on September 27, 2018, another sex bombshell – sexual misconduct — was dropped on Kavanaugh.

A woman, Deborah Ramirez, 53-years-old, claimed that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her and thrust his penis in her face during a party when they were students at Yale University.

Ramirez was quoted as saying: “I wasn’t going to touch a penis until I was married,” she told The New Yorker. “I was embarrassed and ashamed and humiliated.” Holy cow! That’s not high school stuff anymore. Kavanaugh was supposedly a mature and responsible adult… or at the very least, young adult. What’s going on?

After six days of musing about it and consulting with an attorney, Ramirez told her story to The New Yorker’s Ronan Farrow and Jane Mayer that she attended a “dorm room” party where Kavanaugh and several other students were attending. The incident happened during Yale’s 1983-84 school year, when Kavanaugh was a freshman.

The New Yorker reported Ramirez’s account of the incident as follows: “Ramirez said the group was playing a drinking game and she became inebriated. Later in the evening she was on the floor and remembered a ‘penis being in front’ of her face before she pushed the person away, causing her to touch it. She said she recalled Kavanaugh standing next to her, laughing and pulling up his pants. Another student then yelled down the hall: ‘Brett Kavanaugh just put his penis in Debbie’s face.’

“She noted that there are large gaps in her memory and said she was hesitant to come forward, afraid that she would be attacked because she had been drinking at the time. But Ramirez said her experience, along with that of Christine Blasey Ford, would warrant an FBI investigation into the nominee’s behavior.

“Kavanaugh denied the claims in a statement to the outlet, saying the event ‘from 35 years ago did not happen. The people who knew me then know that this did not happen, and have said so. This is a smear, plain and simple.’”

The New Yorker said it was unable to independently confirm if Kavanaugh was at the party, but interviewed several of Ramirez’s classmates who recalled being told about the incident in vague terms within days of it allegedly happening. Indeed, sex incidents on the campus travel fast among the student population. However, several others disputed the claims, saying the behavior was “completely out of character for Brett.” But there seems to be a pattern that when Kavanaugh was drunk, his persona assumes a different personality.

It didn’t take long for the White House to come to Kavanaugh’s defense. A White House spokesperson rejected Ramirez’s allegation, saying that this new allegation was part of the latest in a “coordinated smear campaign.”

The New Yorker’s exposé included serious allegations against Mark Judge, whom Dr. Ford named as being in the same room where his friend Brett sexually attacked her. However, Mark denied that he was in the room. But it is Dr. Ford’s word against him.

Mark’s former girlfriend, Elizabeth Rasor, said that Mark lied when he claimed that there was no “horseplay” culture at Georgetown Prep, the high school both he and Kavanaugh attended. She claimed that “at one point during her three-year relationship with Mark, he told her of an incident where he and others had sex with an inebriated woman.”

With two women — Dr. Christine Blasey-Ford and Deborah Ramirez — accusing Kavanaugh of sex crimes to date, it makes one wonder if what we’re seeing here is just the tip of the iceberg? Will there be more women who would emerge to tell their story?

If Kavanaugh had led a life during his teen years of sexually molesting or attempting to rape teen-aged girls, would it be fair to presume that he had “habitually” committed predatory sex crimes in his youth? These incidents have caused many people to doubt if he’s qualified to a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court. At his age, Kavanaugh could be on the Supreme Court for 30 or more years.

It is imperative then that the Senators, who have the power to confirm or reject his nomination, must be guided by their own conscience and duty to country, which they have sworn to protect. Would they vote to confirm Kavanaugh regardless of what their conscience dictates? Can they live with guilt for the rest of their lives? Would they reject Kavanaugh’s nomination if there were preponderance of evidence against Kavanaugh?

Would they believe that there is lingering doubt about his character, honesty, and integrity?

As someone once said: “When in doubt, there is doubt.” So until Kavanaugh is vindicated beyond doubt of having committed serious sex crimes, then “doubt” remains that he is “clean as a whistle,” in which case his nomination should – nay, must! – be withdrawn or denied confirmation by the Senate.

By Sunday evening, Michael Avenatti, lawyer of the celebrated porn star Stormy Daniels, has entered the fray. He tweeted that he has some explosive information about Kavanaugh and his friend, Mark Judge. He wrote that he would soon be “demanding the opportunity to present testimony” to the Judiciary Committee and called for Kavanaugh’s nomination to be withdrawn.

(PerryDiaz@gmail.com)

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