Leland Keyser, a friend who Christine Blasey Ford claimed was at the party where she was allegedly sexually assaulted by Brett Kavanaugh, has not only refuted the accuser’s version of the story but told FBI investigators that Ford’s “allies” tried to pressure her to change her version of events.
Keyser, along with every other witness identified by Ford, was unable to corroborate any details in Ford’s accusations.
“Simply put, Ms. Keyser does not know Mr. Kavanaugh and she has no recollection of ever being at a party or gathering where he was present, with, or without, Dr. Ford,” Keyser’s lawyer stated under penalty of felony.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Keyser informed investigators that Ford’s friend, former FBI agent Monica McLean, had urged her to alter the original statement.
NEWS: Leland Keyser told FBI she felt pressured by Monica McLean, Ford’s friend, to revisit her initial statement that she knew nothing about the assault. Her later statement said she believed but couldn't corroborate Ford's account. w/@nataliewsj @sgurman https://t.co/oCYIc8JuKN
— Rebecca Ballhaus (@rebeccaballhaus) October 5, 2018
McLean’s lawyer say the allegation is “absolutely false,” but according to the report, the FBI has passed text messages from McLean to Keyser along to the White House and Senate.
Now you know why her attorney released a new statement days ago saying Keyser believes Ford and that Keyser does not refute Ford, but that she does not remember the event. Basically, her core testimony was unchanged but the “not refute” while refuting was added. Witness tampering https://t.co/euNvk9Z3lD
— Yossi Gestetner (@YossiGestetner) October 5, 2018
If the name Monica McLean sounds familiar, you may recall she was part of another falsehood that came out of Ford’s testimony. Under questioning by sex crimes prosecutor Rachel Mitchell, Ford claimed she had never offered tips on how to pass a polygraph.
An ex-boyfriend of Ford, however, claimed she’d helped a friend prepare for a polygraph exam once upon a time. That friend was McLean.
Prosecutor Rachel Mitchell: "Have you ever given tips or advice to somebody who was looking to take a polygraph test?"
Christine Blasey Ford: "Never." pic.twitter.com/k5Pm424f22
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) September 30, 2018
An executive summary of the FBI investigation, which included an interview with Keyser, concluded that “there is no corroboration of the allegations made by Dr. Ford or Ms. Ramirez.”
Cross posted at the Mental Recession