Ronan Farrow: Learned About New Kavanaugh Accuser Because Democrats Came Looking


The New Yorker's Ronan Farrow discusses his reporting on Deborah Ramirez and her acknowledged gaps in her memory of the alleged incident with Brett Kavanaugh. Farrow said Monday morning that the alleged victim "came forward because Senate Democrats began looking for this claim."

GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS, ABC NEWS: She said at first she wasn't sure this was Kavanaugh when you first came to her last week. Then you write: "After six days of carefully accessing her memories and consulting with her attorney, she did become confident that it was him."

RONAN FARROW, NEW YORKER: I would say that is extremely typical of these stories when you are dealing with trauma, alcohol, many years in between. I think that the more cautious witnesses that I've dealt with in cases like this very frequently say I want to take time to decide. I want to talk to other people involved. I want to search myself and make sure that I can affirmatively stand by these claims in what she knew would be a crucible of partisan pushback which is what she is receiving now.

GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: Why did she come forward?

RONAN FARROW: She came forward because Senate Democrats began looking for this claim. She did not flag this for those Democrats. This came to the attention to people on the Hill independently, and it's really cornered her into an awkward position. That's why she took time to think about this carefully. She said point blank, 'I don't want to ruin anyone's life,' but she feels that this is a serious claim. She considers her own memories credible and she felt it important to tell her story before others did without her consent.

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