Less than 24 hours after Deborah Ramirez came forward with her sexual misconduct accusations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh over 300 law school students who attend Yale Law School were joined by U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn as they staged a sit in. The sit in was a direct protest against Yale alumnus, Judge Brett Kavanaugh. The accusation that inspired the sit in that took place Monday at Yale Law School was first made public knowledge through an article that was published in The New Yorker. In the article that was published in The New Yorker, Ronan Farrow and Jane Mayer reported that no less than four Democrat senators have been made aware of the new accusations that Yale alumna, Deborah Ramirez, made against Judge Brett Kavanaugh. The accusations that she made go back to 1983 when Kavanaugh was a freshman in college. To his credit Judge Brett Kavanaugh has stood his ground against the accusations made against him and stated that these accusations hold no truth.
U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal said, “there is no way the U.S. senate can vote on this nomination without a full, fair investigation by the FBI as soon as possible and an opportunity for the sexual assault survivors to be heard. There must also be a hearing where other witnesses and other evidence can be presented. These courageous sexual assault survivors have come forward to share their stories and they’re entitled to be heard. They have endured a nightmare of public shaming, false accusations, and threats to personal safety.”
U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal stood proudly with the students of Yale Law School who showed their support for Deborah Ramirez. While standing proudly by the large number of Yale Law School students who support Deborah Ramirez, Blumenthal addressed the seriousness of the allegations that have been made against Judge Brett Kavanaugh and expressed his belief that these accusations need to be carefully investigated, because an appointment to the highest court in the country is a lifetime position. He feels that the credibility and trust of the Supreme Court is at stake and American trust and confidence in its integrity needs to be protected.
In a statement that she released to the public Yale Law School Dean Heather Gerken said, “today our students, staff, and faculty are engaged in a long standing Yale Law School tradition as they engage with the most important issues of the day. The allegations of sexual misconduct against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh are rightly causing concern at Yale Law School and across the country. Many of our faculty and students have taken actions to raise these concerns about the confirmation process. Fifty members of our faculty have signed a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee, urging the Senate to conduct a fair and deliberate confirmation process, and our students have organized a protest and community action that is taking place at Yale Law School and in Washington D.C. today. Students have worked with the Law School administration and faculty so that the community can come together as a whole to discuss this important moment in our country’s history. As dean, I cannot take a position on the nomination, but I am so proud of the work our community is doing to engage with these issues, and I stand with them in supporting the importance of fair process, the rule of law, and the integrity of the legal system.”
At their students request some of the professors at Yale Law School cancelled their classes which allowed their students to go to Washington D.C. without fear of missing class and join others who were protesting against the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.