Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and his team reached out to old college friends who would refute claims he had exposed himself to a Yale college classmate, NBC News reported.
According to NBC News, Kavanaugh's Yale University friends Kerry Berchem and Karen Yarasavage both got texts ahead of The New Yorker article that first reported the allegation by another Yale alumna, Deborah Ramirez.
In one message, Yarasavage said Kavanaugh asked her to go on the record in his defense, NBC News reported.
Two other messages also show communication between Kavanaugh's team and former classmates in advance of the explosive New Yorker story, the news outlet reported.
According to NBC News, the texts also reveal Kavanaugh and Ramirez were more socially connected than previously understood — and Ramirez was uncomfortable around Kavanaugh when they saw each other at a wedding 10 years after graduation.
NBC News reported Berchem, an attorney, tried to get the texts to the FBI for its newly reopened investigation but says she has yet to be contacted by the bureau.
"I understand that President [Donald] Trump and the U.S. Senate have ordered an FBI investigation into certain allegations of sexual misconduct by the nominee Brett Kavanaugh," she said in a statement, NBC News reported.
"I have no direct or indirect knowledge about any of the allegations against him. However, I am in receipt of text messages from a mutual friend of both Debbie and mine that raise questions related to the allegations. I have not drawn any conclusions as to what the texts may mean or may not mean, but I do believe they merit investigation by the FBI and the Senate."
Kavanaugh has strongly denied the allegation of sexual misconduct by Ramirez, the sexual assault allegation by Christine Blasey Ford, and a claim by Julie Swetnick that he engaged in sexual misconduct at high school parties.
According to NBC News, Bercham's texts with Yarasavage also show Kavanaugh obtained a copy of a photograph of a small group of friends from Yale at a 1997 wedding in order to show himself smiling alongside Ramirez 10 years after the alleged incident.
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