The report comes on the same day the Senate Judiciary Committee said Christine Blasey Ford, who accuses Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a party when they were both in high school, will publicly testify on Thursday. He has also denied Ford's allegation. Senate Republicans are pushing to confirm the appellate judge to the top U.S. court quickly, despite the accusations against him.
Multiple classmates of Kavanaugh — two of whom Ramirez alleges were involved in the incident — pushed back on the sexual misconduct claim in a statement to The New Yorker. "We can say with confidence that if the incident Debbie alleges ever occurred, we would have seen or heard about it — and we did not," they said. "The behavior she describes would be completely out of character for Brett."
But two of the classmates who signed that statement, which was provided by Kavanaugh's attorneys, asked to have their names removed on Monday after The New Yorker initially published the story. "I cannot dispute Ramirez's allegations, as I was not present," said one of those classmates, Louisa Garry.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat and ranking member on the Judiciary Committee, called for "an immediate postponement" of Kavanaugh's confirmation process on Sunday. In a letter to committee chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, the Democrat wrote that "we must ensure that a thorough and fair investigation is conducted before moving forward." She then called for the cancellation of Thursday's hearing.
It is unclear now whether the allegations will derail Kavanaugh's confirmation. A few Senate Republicans signaled Ford's accusation could sway their vote, though President Donald Trump has publicly defended his Supreme Court choice. If two Senate Republicans vote against Kavanaugh, his nomination will fail.
In a statement, Kavanaugh said that "this alleged event from 35 years ago did not happen."
"The people who knew me then know that this did not happen, and have said so," he said. "This is a smear, plain and simple. I look forward to testifying on Thursday about the truth, and defending my good name — and the reputation for character and integrity I have spent a lifetime building — against these last-minute allegations."