Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley has rejected a claim published by The New Yorker that top Republicans had learned of the latest sexual misconduct allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh days in advance of the magazine's story on Sunday.
In the piece, co-bylined by Pulitzer Prize winner Ronan Farrow and Jane Mayer, The New Yorker reported that "[s]enior Republican staffers ... learned of the allegation last week and, in conversations with The New Yorker, expressed concern about its potential impact on Kavanaugh’s nomination."
But in a statement Sunday night, Grassley, R-Iowa, flatly denied the implication that Senate Republicans had advance knowledge of the allegations by former Kavanaugh classmate Debbie Ramirez.
"The committee’s majority staff learned the allegations made by Deborah Ramirez about Judge Kavanaugh from this evening’s New Yorker report," Grassley said in the statement.
In the story, Ramirez claimed Kavanaugh exposed himself to her while she was intoxicated during a drinking game in the 1983-84 academic year at Yale University, when Kavanaugh was a freshman.