A local woman who says she was friends with Deborah Ramirez, one of the women who accused Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, said she stands by her friend’s account and believes there might be more to come.
“I’m still sticking by her because I don’t think it’s over,” Jennifer Klaus told Jim Braude on Greater Boston. “I just think that the truth hasn’t come out.”
Ramirez was the second woman to come forward with allegations against Judge Kavanaugh. In a piece published by The New Yorker, Ramirez described a graphic encounter with Kavanaugh in which she said at a drunken gathering at Yale he exposed his penis and thrust it into to her face forcing her to touch it without consent. Ramirez's story surfaced following allegations by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who said a drunken Kavanaugh assaulted her at a party while they were in high school.
“Debbie’s not a person that would lie, ever," said Klaus, who admits she doesn’t have first-hand knowledge of the incident. "In this situation, she’s gaining nothing from this. I feel like this is devastating for her and if I can be a strong point in her defense, I will be."
Klaus also said she didn’t know Kavanaugh well, but that she would run into him at parties where she said he was drunk. Responding to Kavanaugh’s testimony in which he acknowledged there were times where he and his friends would have “too many beers,” Klaus said she believes he was “downplaying” his college habits.
“I don’t think we have a problem with Brett’s drinking. I think we have a problem with his recollection of it,” she said.
Following the accusations, the Senate agreed to allow the FBI to conduct a week-long supplemental background check into Kavanaugh, which prompted concerns by Democrats about whether the agency did its due diligence.
Klaus, has been speaking out on-the-record, saying that she was ready to talk to the FBI, except for the fact that they never contacted her. She was, however reached by Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, Republican of Iowa. Recalling her conversation, Klaus said Grassley asked probing questions, but that she felt it was more about discrediting Ramirez rather than getting to the truth.
“As it was ending,” she said of the call, “my impression — and this is just what I believe — was that perhaps he was undermining Debbie’s story.”
Klaus said since The New Yorker piece was published she’s spoken to Ramirez intermittently and Ramirez has reached out to thank her for supporting her.