Kavanaugh's Yale classmate reveals texts allegedly 'proving' he knew of Ramirez's sexual assault allegations before it became public
Two days before Ramirez's story was made public, the same friend texted Charlton expressing their displeasure that she had spoken to the media about Kavanaugh's call to her
Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's Yale classmate, Kathy Charlton, has revealed text messages that reportedly "prove" the judge had communicated with a potential witness about his sexual assault allegations. Kavanaugh reportedly told the potential witness to report "no bad" about him.
The messages were disclosed by Charlton to NBC News, and entail a conversation between her and an unnamed mutual friend of Kavanaugh's whom Deborah Ramirez had identified as a witness to the sexual misconduct the judge allegedly committed against her, according to the Daily Mail. Ramirez has alleged that Kavanaugh shoved his genitals in her face and caused her to touch it at a college party.
Reports stated that two days before Ramirez's story was published in the New Yorker on September 23, the same friend texted Charlton expressing their displeasure that she had spoken to the media about Kavanaugh's call to her.
"Hellllllooooo. Don't F****** TELL PEOPLE BRETT GOT IN TOUCH WITH ME!!! I TOLD YOU AT THE TIME THAT WAS IN CONFIDENCE!!!" the message reportedly read. Charlton, while talking to NBC News three days before Ramirez's allegations became public, had said that this particular former classmate had told her Kavanaugh contacted them, advising them to not say anything "bad" if the press called, according to the Mail.
Ramirez was the second woman after Dr Christine Blasey Ford to come forward with sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh. Ford, in a public testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, claimed Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a high school party when she was 15.
"The texts are a conversation between Kathy Charlton and a mutual friend of Kavanaugh's who, NBC has confirmed, was identified to the FBI by Ramirez as an eyewitness to the incident."https://t.co/tIiuVTmKbz pic.twitter.com/Ab8M8kxCVE— MissAnthrope (@LyssAnthrope) October 5, 2018
Charlton also reportedly shared the messages with the FBI during their investigations into the sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh and wrote to them saying: "From the content and all capital letters of the text (the alleged witness) seemed to feel that there was a great deal at stake for Brett if Brett's fears of exposure ever became public." The statement was also reportedly shared with Senator Chuck Grassley's office last week.
Charlton and multiple other former classmates of Kavanaugh were not interviewed by the FBI, despite them having evidence, they say, is crucial to the bureau's investigation.
Another former classmate of Kavanaugh's at Yale, Kerry Berchem, has claimed she is in possession of texts which show the judge was preparing his defense against Ramirez's claims with friends before her story was made public. Berchem also said she had reached out to the FBI with the texts but they did not contact her.
If the claims are true, then the texts would contradict the sworn testimony given by Kavanaugh to the Senate Judiciary Committee, claiming he heard of Ramirez's allegations for the first time when it appeared in the New Yorker.