If Kavanaugh Lied Under Oath About When He Knew of Ramirez Allegations, Says Sanders, "That's a Federal Crime"

“If this story is accurate, [Brett] Kavanaugh blatantly lied under oath,” declared The Atlantic‘s Adam Serwer in reaction to reporting by NBC News on Monday evening that Trump’s pick for the U.S. Supreme Court, along with his legal team, attempted to gather evidence to discredit allegations by Debbe Ramirez—the Yale University classmate who claimed Kavanaugh assaulted her at a party in the mid-1980s—even before the nominee says he was aware of such accusations.

While Kavanagh told members of the Senate Judiciary Committee during testimony last week that he only learned of Ramirez’s allegations when they were reported publicly in The New Yorker the weekend before, NBC News reports that other Yale classmates were contacted prior to that by Kavanaugh’s lawyers—and possibly by the nominee himself—trying to obtain preemptive testimony and a photograph of the two at a wedding of mutual friends.

As The Daily Beast summarized the NBC News story:


According to NBC, the texts “demonstrate that Kavanaugh and Ramirez were more socially connected than previously understood and that Ramirez was uncomfortable around Kavanaugh when they saw each other at a wedding 10 years after they graduated. Berchem’s efforts also show that some potential witnesses have been unable to get important information to the FBI.”

Like Sewer, other journalists following the case closely said the reporting puts another big hole in Kavanaugh’s credibility. The Intercept‘s Ryan Grim tweeted:

And independent journalist Marcy Wheeler added:

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