‘Debbie has a right to be heard and I believe her’

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 19: Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh leaves his home September 19, 2018 in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Kavanaugh is scheduled to appear again before the Senate Judiciary Committee next Monday following allegations that have endangered his appointment to the Supreme Court. . (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
That terrible feeling in the pit of your stomach? Live with it for couple of decades.

When Debbie Ramirez came forward with her account of a drunken college-aged Brett Kavanaugh disrobing in front of her in the common space of a Yale facility, she was stepping bravely into the maelstrom of Republican misogynistic hypocrisy. But she was also opening up the gates to true inspiration and support. Now, Brett Kavanaugh’s first year roommate—James Roche—has released a statement about the character of the two parties involved.

In it he provides yet another account of Kavanaugh’s excessive drinking that was noticeable “even by the standards of the time.” Roche says he became friends with Debbie, who felt out of place amongst the wealthy types like Kavanaugh, but tried hard to be friendly and get along with everyone. And while Roche says he was not present during the incident that Ramirez has told the press, he does not doubt it.

Based on my time with Debbie, I believe her to be unusually honest and straightforward and I cannot imagine her making this up.

Based on my time with Brett, I believe that he and his social circle were capable of the actions that Debbie described.

He says he has nothing more to add and will not be doing interviews, but he makes one thing very clear.

I have shared this information with a small number of reporters who reached out to me directly because Debbie has a right to be heard and I believe her.

Full statement below.

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