A New Yorker reporter who revealed new sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh discussed her work on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” but she had trouble discussing some of her findings because they were “too scuzzy for television.”
Jane Mayer, who revealed new accusations against the Supreme Court nominee with colleague Ronan Farrow, said Deborah Ramirez did not ask them to help make her allegations public.
“No, actually she didn’t step forward,” Mayer said. “This is the thing — we called her. We heard her name. This is a story — she did not ask for this.”
Ramirez then decided to go public after she was contacted, and learning that other Yale classmates remembered the alleged incident.
“She felt once asked she had to try to search her memory to really remember and say whether there was something here, but this wasn’t her idea to come forward,” Mayer said. “What happened is that 35 years ago, when this incident took place, people talked about it, and people in that Yale class have been talking about it since then.”
Mayer said one source she trusts said he and other former classmates discussed the Ramirez claims as soon as Kavanaugh was nominated.
“There’s a very sober background source, who was not part of the party, was not drunk, heard about it either that night, he thinks, or the next day,” she said. “When I asked him myself, does he remember this, and is he sure that Kavanaugh was the person he heard about in this. He said to me, ‘I am 100 percent sure.'”
“He’s mentioned it to other people in grad school over the years,” Mayer continued. “His classmates were talking about it in July, before Christine Blasey Ford came forward. We have looked at the e-mails, they’re chattering about it, saying, ‘Boy, if the FBI investigates him, there are going to be some stories here that are going to put an end to his nomination.'”
Another source contacted Mayer and Farrow to share her concerns about Kavanaugh friend Mark Judge, who Ford claims was an accomplice in her near-rape.
“Her name is Elizabeth Rasor, and she was at Catholic University with (Judge), and she said, ‘I feel a moral obligation to correct the record here,'” Mayer said, paraphrasing her source. “‘What he’s saying about how there’s no way that this could have happened because they only knew boys, they only roughhoused with boys, there were no girls basically in their lives,’ she said, ‘Mark Judge told me that he’ — I don’t want to say anything too scuzzy on television — ‘but told me that he had sex when she was at Georgetown Prep with some of his friends, all with the same drunk woman at the same time.'”
“She’s saying this on the record,” Mayer added, “and she is a teacher now, and she said, ‘I wouldn’t betray confidences ordinarily, but I felt it was just too important, and I needed to say there’s another picture of Georgetown Prep social life than the one that he painted — and he knows that.'”
Two impeachment articles expected against President Trump: reports
Democrats are expected to announce on Tuesday two articles of impeachment against Donald Trump, US media reported Monday evening, after laying out their case at a hearing against a president they branded a "clear and present danger" to national security.
The articles will focus on abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, The Washington Post said, citing three official familiar with the matter.
It added that the full House of Representatives would vote on the articles next week, ahead of a trial in the Senate.
CNN said a third article on obstruction of justice was still being debated, and the network's sources cautioned that plans were still being finalized.
Ambassador McFaul ‘shocked’ Trump invited Sergey Lavrov back to the Oval Office: ‘What are they thinking?’
Former Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul repeatedly said he was shocked that President Donald Trump will meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Tuesday.
McFaul was interviewed Monday evening by Lawrence O'Donnell on MSNBC "The Last Word," where he contrasted how Trump is treating the Russian government of President Vladimir Putin to the Ukrainian government of President Volodymyr Zelensky.
"Ambassador McFaul, I want to get your reaction to the Russian foreign minister meeting tomorrow at the White House, in the Oval Office, with President Trump," O'Donnell said. "That's his second time. President Zelinsky still hasn't gotten that meeting and Donald trump apparently, apparently may be voted articles of impeachment in committee this week because of his interactions with President Zelensky."
House Judiciary to vote on Thursday to impeach Donald Trump: report
Democrats are moving ahead with the impeachment of President Donald Trump following another day of testimony on Monday.
"House Democrats plan to unveil at least two articles of impeachment Tuesday, charging President Donald Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, according to multiple lawmakers and aides. The Judiciary Committee plans to vote on the articles on Thursday, setting up a vote on the House floor next week to make Trump the third president in history to be impeached," Politico reported Monday evening.
"Democratic leaders plan to formally announce the articles at a press conference Tuesday morning. Judiciary Committee Democrats intend to meet ahead of the announcement and review the articles," Politico reported. "The decision to move forward with specific impeachment charges is the most significant move yet for the year-old Democratic House majority, a legacy-defining moment for Speaker Nancy Pelosi that sets up a Senate trial for Trump in early 2020."