(Washington Examiner) The two New York Times reporters behind the story detailing a new sexual misconduct allegation against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh blamed the editing process for the omission of a key passage that was later added along with an editor’s note.

In an interview Monday evening, Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly said this missing detail, which undercut the claim that Kavanaugh made inappropriate sexual contact with a female student at Yale University in the mid-1980s, was in the original draft of the piece.

“I think what happened actually was that we had her name and the Times doesn’t usually include the name of the victim. And so I think in this case the editors felt like maybe it was probably better to remove it. And in removing her name, they removed the other reference to the fact that she didn’t remember it,” Pogrebin told MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell.

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