Shortly after the contents of an anonymous letter were revealed last week accusing Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault as a teenager, Senate Republicans issued a letter signed by 65 women vouching for his character.
After the accuser came forward Sunday and put her name behind the allegations, only two of those dozens of women stood by Kavanaugh on the record, reported Politico.
The website attempted to contact all the high school acquaintances of Kavanaugh who signed on to the open letter, which was released shortly after the claims were made public.
The timing of that letter led many to speculate that GOP lawmakers were aware of the accusation, which Kavanaugh has denied, before Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., received the letter and turned it over to the FBI, which declined to investigate further.
More than two dozen of those women did not immediately respond to Politico, and two declined to comment.
But two women, Meghan McCaleb and Stephanie Conway McGill, continued to back Kavanaugh after Christine Blasey Ford came forward to identify herself and described the alleged assault in more detail.
“I stand by the letter I signed,” McGill told Politico. “I do not know this woman.”
McCaleb said: “I absolutely stand by the letter we signed.”
Ford’s attorney said she would be willing to testify about the alleged assault before Congress, which is scheduled to vote on Kavanaugh’s confirmation Thursday for the U.S. Supreme Court.