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NEA president calls for full, transparent investigation into more sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh

If Senate fails to fully, openly investigate Kavanaugh, his nomination must be withdrawn

WASHINGTON - September 24, 2018 -

A second woman, Deborah Ramirez who attended Yale University with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, has accused him of sexual assault. The new allegations arrive the same day his first accuser, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, committed to testifying about her own allegations before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday. More allegations appear to be imminent.


The following is a statement that can be attributed to NEA President Lily Eskelsen García:


“In light of these new disturbing allegations of more sexual assault by Judge Brett Kavanaugh, the Senate Judiciary Committee must hit the pause button. The Senate has a moral obligation and civic duty to take each of these allegations seriously. Before any further consideration can be given to his nomination, Kavanaugh must be thoroughly investigated by the FBI, and the findings must be fully transparent to the public. Young people around the country are watching, and it is vital that the seriousness of sexual assault is demonstrated.


“Americans have the right to know about Kavanaugh’s character and fitness for a lifetime appointment to our nation’s highest court. If the Senate continues to refuse to call for a full investigation of these credible allegations, Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination needs to be withdrawn.  He is not qualified for a lifetime appointment to our nation’s highest court.”


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