The attorney representing the Boulder woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct appeared on "Anderson Cooper 360" on Tuesday evening to reiterate his frustration over what he sees as a lack of cooperation from the Republican-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee.
John Clune, a Boulder attorney with Hutchinson Black and Cook, an experienced Title IX litigator, said none of the Republicans who sit on the committee showed up for a conference call.
Clune also took issue with allegations that his client, Deborah Ramirez, or her initial attorney, former Boulder County District Attorney Stan Garnett, were making the allegation public because of any political concerns.
Clune wrote on Twitter earlier in the day on Tuesday that he was looking forward to discussing Ramirez's claims and expressed frustration that the Senate Judiciary Committee had refused to meet all scheduled appointments to discuss how best to share the information she has with them.
"We have officially requested an FBI investigation and our client remains adamant that is the appropriate venue to discuss her trauma," he wrote. "Ms. Ramirez is ready to swear to the FBI under penalty of perjury. Why won't the Senate Judiciary Committee welcome that?"
He also reiterated that Ramirez only came forward with her allegations after being contacted by New Yorker reporter Ronan Farrow, one of the co-authors of the New Yorker article that broke the news of her claims.
Ramirez, 53, told The New Yorker that Kavanaugh exposed himself at a drunken dormitory party, thrust his penis in her face, and caused her to touch it without her consent as she pushed him away.
The committee has scheduled a vote on Kavanaugh's nomination for Friday morning, but said late Tuesday the vote was tentative.
Earlier Tuesday, Clune wrote on Twitter that his firm was in contact with the committee to determine the best process to share that information.
Clune, who confirmed Monday with the Daily Camera that he is representing Ramirez, added in a later tweet that Ramirez "stands by the facts of the New Yorker story as reported."
Ramirez also was represented by former Garnett, but in an email he said he will be transitioning off the case as Clune and Washington, D.C. attorney William Pittard take over.
"I represented Ms. Ramirez through last Sunday and the interview with the New Yorker," Garnett said in an email. "She did not seek out this publicity and asked me to represent her during that process, which I did. She was first contacted by the New Yorker last Monday and retained me to represent her Tuesday.
"Due to the fact that I do not have experience before (the Senate Judiciary Committee), it was understood that if there was the need for representation in Washington, I would bring in co-counsel and transition off the case, a process that is just about complete. ... I will continue to consult with them and Debbie as necessary to facilitate a smooth and ethical transition as is my duty as former counsel."
President Donald Trump responded to Ramirez's allegations for the first time Tuesday morning, saying she was "totally inebriated and all messed up," according to The Washington Post.
"The second accuser has nothing," Trump told reporters following a speech at the United Nations. "She admits that she was drunk."
Trump sarcastically said, "Oh, gee, let's not make him a Supreme Court judge because of that" in dismissing the notion the allegations should derail Kavanaugh's appointment.
A south Boulder resident, Ramirez works for Boulder County's department of housing and human services and also is a board member for Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence in Boulder.
Ramirez is the second woman to accuse Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct. Christine Blasey Ford said Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her as a teenager, and the Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a hearing Thursday.
Tuesday morning, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said "we would be open" to Ramirez testifying before the Senate Judiciary panel on Thursday.