Legal experts believe text messages reportedly sent between Brett Kavanaugh and his former Yale classmates could amount to witness tampering, Law & Crime reported Tuesday, and at the very least appear to show the Supreme Court nominee lied under oath during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing last week.
Kavanaugh told the committee he first heard of Deborah Ramirez’s sexual misconduct allegations against him when her story was reported by The New Yorker.
However, text messages provided to NBC News by one of Kavanaugh’s friends show that the judge not only knew of Ramirez’s claims earlier but also tried to recruit people to dispute her accusations.
Following the NBC News report, legal experts and pundits were quick to note this could be evidence of witness tampering:
> Ramirez, one of Kavanaugh’s classmates at Yale, said he drunkenly stuck his penis at her during a party decades ago.
> The texts in the NBC story were provided by Kerry Berchem, a partner at the Akin Gump law firm. In the messages, Karen Yarasavage, another Kavanaugh friend, told her that “Brett” asked her to deny Ramirez’s allegation on the record. She also wrote about communicating with “Brett’s guy.”
> [Berchem] said that Yarasavage claimed to turned over a copy of a wedding party photo to Kavanaugh.
> “I had to send it to Brett’s team too,” she reportedly wrote in a text. This photo shows seven people posing at a 1997 rehearsal dinner. Kavanaugh is second from right, and Ramirez on the far left. The wedding was between a pair of mutual friends. Obstensibly, the picture could be used to undermine the allegation, but Becham, who said she was at the wedding, said Ramirez seemed uncomfortable.
> She “clung to me,” and “never went near” Kavanaugh and his friends, [Berchem] wrote in a Sept. 24th text to Yarasavage. She suggested that Ramirez was trying to stay away from him even in the photo.