The FBI did not interview several of Brett Kavanaugh’s classmates who wanted to provide information about him, according to a new report from the New Yorker. Ronan Farrow and Jane Meyer reported last night that several people who wanted to speak to the FBI were not contacted by the bureau.
The FBI was not permitted to speak to several people who wanted to volunteer information, including classmates of Kavanaugh who believed they could corroborate allegations made by Deborah Ramirez. Ramirez claimed that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a party in college.
One former Yale student, Kenneth Appold, had previously spoken to the New Yorker on condition of anonymity but chose to waive that right because the FBI did not contact him. “Appold said that he was ‘one-hundred-per-cent certain’ that he was told that Kavanaugh was the male student who exposed himself to Ramirez,” the article says.
A classmate of Appold, Michael Wetstone, corroborates Appold’s account. Wetstone heard about the incident from Appold nearly 30 years ago and remembers it because it was such a shocking story. Other classmates at Yale have made similar statements.
Appold, and several other Yale alumni and high school classmates of Kavanaugh’s, contacted the FBI but did not receive a response. According to one, no-one from Kavanaugh’s dorm who tried to contact the FBI received an interview. This directly contradicts President Trump’s claim that the probe would be given wide latitude.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is pressing ahead with a vote on cloture, which would enable senators to hold a final vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination on Saturday. So far, there has been little indication that key GOP senators – Jeff Flake, Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins – will break ranks and scupper Kavanaugh’s chances.