There Will Be an Investigation

Following a turbulent Friday filled with testimony, threats, and flakey senators, the FBI will proceed with an investigation into Brett Kavanaugh’s past.

The quality of the investigation, however, so far appears to be lacking quite substantially.

The FBI will take their direction from the White House rather than from the Senate or the Judiciary Committee, and the question of Kavanaugh’s history of drunkenness will not be pursued.

This news comes despite the president’s reassurances  Saturday that the FBI would have “free reign” to investigate as the organization sees fit.

As of now, the investigation is only scheduled to last through the end of this week.

Apparently, the Senate Republicans drafted the list of interviewees for the FBI, though it is possible that others will be added.

While the investigation will reportedly include testimony from only a handful of individuals, Deborah Ramirez is, thankfully, one of them.

According to CNN, Ramirez spoke with FBI investigators Sunday.

Ramirez’s story is rooted in her and Kavanaugh’s college years at Yale University; she claims that he exposed himself to her at a party, forcing his genitals into her face.

Interestingly enough, this is not the first time a Yale alumnus has been in this situation; Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, accused of sexual misconduct by Anita Hill, not only graduated from the same alma mater, but has become the historical comparison for today’s drama.

Students assert that both instances are reflective of a more general trend in Yale University campus culture.

“Most people on this campus know people who experienced sexual misconduct at some point during their time here. This is about the supreme court nomination, but it is also about how to hold our community to higher standards.” — Ry Walker, Yale student protest organizer

According to an article by The Guardian, Kavanaugh was a member of the national fraternity Delta Kappa Epsilon (DKE); both one of the oldest fraternities in the country as well as one with a storied history of sexual misconduct.

In 2011, members of the Yale chapter of DKE actually gathered outside the Women’s Center and chanted, “no means yes, yes means anal.”

The chapter was suspended for five years.

“Kavanaugh is a symptom of a much larger problem at Yale where Yale is complicit in giving powerful men power and then being complicit when they abuse their power.”  — Valentina Connell, junior, Yale student protest organizer

Iron Triangle Press will continue to follow this story.


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