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Do Kavanaugh's other alleged victims deserve hearings?

As the day closes on the hearing into Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's allegations that Judge Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her, many are wondering whether other women will be allowed to tell their stories of Kavanaugh's impropriety to the Senate. Debbie Ramirez and Julie Swetnick have both come forward with details about sexual assault involving Kavanaugh. Yet at the beginning of Dr. Blasey Ford's hearing, committee chairman Chuck Grassley made clear these other stories were not to be discussed. Should there be another hearing to cover all allegations?

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The two other women have come forward with allegations of sexual assault and impropriety involving Brett Kavanaugh. Per The New York Times: 

The allegation came from Julie Swetnick, 55, who like Judge Kavanaugh, 53, grew up in the Washington suburbs. In a statement posted on Twitter by her lawyer, Ms. Swetnick said she observed the future Supreme Court nominee at parties where women were verbally abused, inappropriately touched, made “disoriented” with alcohol or drugs and “gang raped.”
She said she witnessed Judge Kavanaugh participating in some of the misconduct, including lining up outside a bedroom where “numerous boys” were “waiting for their ‘turn’ with a girl inside the room.” Ms. Swetnick said she was raped at one of the parties and believed she had been drugged, but did not directly accuse Judge Kavanaugh of raping her.
None of Ms. Swetnick’s claims could be independently corroborated by The New York Times, and her lawyer, Michael Avenatti, declined to make her available for an interview.

The other was reported by Ronan Farrow and Jane Mayer, The New Yorker duo who have been responsible for breaking many stories in the #MeToo era. 

Ramirez said that, when both she and Kavanaugh were freshmen at Yale, she was invited by a friend on the women’s soccer team to a dorm-room party. She recalled that the party took place in a suite at Lawrance Hall, in the part of Yale known as Old Campus, and that a small group of students decided to play a drinking game together. “We were sitting in a circle,” she said. “People would pick who drank.” Ramirez was chosen repeatedly, she said, and quickly became inebriated. At one point, she said, a male student pointed a gag plastic penis in her direction. Later, she said, she was on the floor, foggy and slurring her words, as that male student and another stood nearby. 
...A third male student then exposed himself to her. “I remember a penis being in front of my face,” she said. “I knew that’s not what I wanted, even in that state of mind.” She recalled remarking, “That’s not a real penis,” and the other students laughing at her confusion and taunting her, one encouraging her to “kiss it.” She said that she pushed the person away, touching it in the process. Ramirez, who was raised a devout Catholic, in Connecticut, said that she was shaken. “I wasn’t going to touch a penis until I was married,” she said. “I was embarrassed and ashamed and humiliated.” She remembers Kavanaugh standing to her right and laughing, pulling up his pants. “Brett was laughing,” she said. “I can still see his face, and his hips coming forward, like when you pull up your pants.” She recalled another male student shouting about the incident. “Somebody yelled down the hall, ‘Brett Kavanaugh just put his penis in Debbie’s face,’ ” she said. “It was his full name. I don’t think it was just ‘Brett.’ And I remember hearing and being mortified that this was out there.”
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Both women have asked for further investigations by the F.B.I. into their allegations, saying they have nothing to hide and merely want their full truth told. Per The New Yorker story about Ramirez: 

Ramirez is now calling for the F.B.I. to investigate Kavanaugh’s role in the incident. “I would think an F.B.I. investigation would be warranted,” she said.
...Her attorney, Garnett, said that he and Ramirez had not yet decided when and how she would convey the details of her allegation to the Senate Judiciary Committee and whether new counsel would represent her in Washington. “We’re carefully evaluating what the appropriate next steps would be,” he said. They both said that an F.B.I. investigation of the matter was merited. “I do believe an F.B.I. investigation of this kind of character-related information would be appropriate, and would be an effective way to relay the information to the committee,” Garnett said. Of Ramirez, he added, “She’s as careful and credible a witness as I’ve encountered in thirty-six years of practicing law.” Ramirez said that she hoped an investigation could be carried out before the committee voted on Kavanaugh’s nomination. “At least look at it,” she said of her claim. “At least check it out.”
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Senator Chuck Grassley claimed at the start of the hearing that attorneys representing Ramirez and Swetnick were not providing requested information and therefore they cannot be investigated, nor provided a hearing. 

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Attorneys for Debbie Ramirez said she was ready and willing to testify as soon as a proper investigation was conducted.

U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's second accuser, Deborah Ramirez, would be willing to testify publicly about his sexual misconduct in college, Ramirez's lawyer John Clune said Wednesday.
"She wanted to make sure that her recollection of what happened and what information she was going to put forth in The New Yorker was accurate," Clune said in an interview on NBC's "TODAY" when asked about the six days his client took to assess her memories.
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Some Republican senators are ignoring the substance of these allegations, however, and are claiming this is nothing more than a stalling tactic from Democrats. Fox News reported on Senator Lindsey Graham's feelings on the hearings: 

Graham (R-S.C.) said he's "really upset" that Democrats knew about Ford's accusation in August, but they didn't bring it up during Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings or reveal it to the committee so it could be immediately investigated.
He said Ford's claim that committee staff would not fly out to California to interview her is "a bunch of bull," and he believes Democrats are playing politics with the accusations against Kavanaugh ahead of November's midterm elections.
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