So I'm going to eat a little crow here.
Regarding Kavanaugh's response to Hatch, it is not as cut and dry as it looked at first blush. Two points:
1. Prior to publication of the Ramirez article, the New Yorker reached out to Kavanaugh for comment, a fact which is reflected in the piece.
2. And as UKTruth pointed out above, in the September 25th interview with the committee, Kavanaugh responded that he'd heard that Ramirez had been
communicating with other classmates.
With that in mind, it's entirely plausible that his response to Hatch referred to being unaware of what Ramirez was actually alleging prior to reading
about it in the New Yorker, not that he was unaware that an allegation of some sort was being made by Ramirez.
That said, there's still a possibility that Kavanaugh did in fact learn the nature of the allegation prior to its publication. Let's take another look
at this quote:
“They couldn’t — the New York Times couldn’t corroborate this story and found that she was calling around to classmates trying to see
if they remembered it. And I, at least — and I, myself, heard about that — that she was doing that,” Kavanaugh told the Senate Judiciary
Committee on Sept. 25.
So he says that he heard that was "calling around to classmates trying to see if they remembered it." Now he may have misspoke here when he said "if
they remembered it" but I'm trying to imagine how he would have been made aware that she was calling classmates to see if they remembered "it" —
presumably because somebody who was asked it they remembered "it" communicated to Kavanaughhis team about having been asked — without being told
what "it" was that this person was asked if they remembered.
Also, turning back to the same paragraph I've excerpted in previous posts:
In a series of texts before the publication of the New Yorker story, Yarasavage wrote that she had been in contact with “Brett's guy,”
and also with “Brett,” who wanted her to go on the record to refute Ramirez. According to Berchem, Yarasavage also told her friend that she
turned over a copy of the wedding party photo to Kavanaugh, writing in a text: “I had to send it to Brett’s team too.”
If this is accurate, and Yarasavage is the one who can attest to this, then what exactly was Kavanaugh asking her to go on the record to refute?
I also looked to see if the memo had been published today and I came up empty. Anyway, I stand corrected in regards to my initial assessment.
I'm still very interested to see the contents of the memo, the texts in particular, and to hear what Yarasavage has to say.
edit on 2018-10-3
by theantediluvian because: (no reason given)