Judge Nap: Report of Alleged Kavanaugh-Linked Texts 'Far More Serious' Than Report on Yale Bar Fight
Judge Andrew Napolitano reacted Tuesday to an NBC News report that Brett Kavanaugh attempted to refute sexual assault claims made by accuser Deborah Ramirez before they were made public.
The report cites text messages between two college friends of the Supreme Court nominee, which reportedly suggest Kavanaugh was talking with other classmates before Ramirez's claims were published in The New Yorker.
The New York Times on Monday reported about an alleged bar fight in 1985 that reportedly included Kavanaugh, during which a man claimed the nominee threw ice at him.
Napolitano said on Tuesday that the NBC News report is "far more serious" than the Times' story if it's accurate that Kavanaugh was communicating with his ex-classmates in that manner.
"It's a violation of legal ethics for a sitting federal judge to be asking people for favors," he said.
Ramirez asked for an FBI investigation into Kavanaugh, alleging that he exposed himself to her at a college party in the 1980s.
The nominee stated in his hearing last week before the Senate Judiciary Committee that he learned of Ramirez's accusations after they became public.
"Things just keep happening," Napolitano said. "The FBI is gonna dig, and dig and dig."
He added that "of course" the public will eventually get to see the FBI's report on its investigation of Kavanaugh.
"Leakers will leak what they want us to see," he said. "Whether it's pro-Kavanaugh or against Kavanaugh."
He added that based on the new report, the FBI investigation may not be finished this week as previously believed.
"Friday or Saturday seems awfully optimistic to me without having seen the FBI report," he said.