Christine Blasey Ford’s Allies Pressured Old Friend to Change Her Story

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Of all the weaknesses in Christine Blasey Ford’s story, none stuck out more painfully than the fact that her best buddy in high school, a girl named Leland Keyser, refused to confirm that Ford was sexually assaulted by Brett Kavanaugh. Indeed, Keyser, in her initial statement, could not even confirm that the party at which Ford had allegedly been assaulted had even taken place, nor that she’d ever met Kavanaugh back in high school. It was one thing for Kavanaugh’s running buddies to stand up for their friend; it was another to see that even FORD’s friend refuted the accusation. To tell the truth, this whole sordid saga should have ended right there.

Democrats pushed for an FBI investigation into these allegations, but they may soon wish they’d left well enough alone. Because while the FBI reportedly found nothing that would corroborate or substantiate the accusations against Kavanaugh, they did find that Leland Keyser was under considerable pressure from Ford’s allies to change her story. According to the Wall Street Journal, Keyser told FBI agents that Monica McLean, a friend of Dr. Ford’s, reached out to her and urged her to “clarify” her original remarks.

From the WSJ:

Ms. Keyser’s lawyer on Sept. 23 said in a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee that she had no recollection of attending a party with Judge Kavanaugh, whom she said she didn’t know. That same day, however, she told the Washington Post that she believed Dr. Ford. On Sept. 29, two days after Dr. Ford and the judge testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Ms. Keyser’s attorney sent a letter to the panel saying his client wasn’t refuting Dr. Ford’s account and that she believed it but couldn’t corroborate it.

A person close to the former classmates said it was her understanding that mutual friends of Dr. Ford and Ms. Keyser, including Ms. McLean, had contacted Ms. Keyser after her initial statement to warn her that her statement was being used by Republicans to rebut the allegation against Judge Kavanaugh. The friends told Ms. Keyser that if she had intended to say she didn’t remember the party—not that it had never happened—that she should clarify her statement, the person said, adding that the friends hadn’t “pressured” Ms. Keyser.

Whether you want to cry foul on this or not, it shows one thing very clearly: Leland Keyser wanted nothing more than to be there for her friend and corroborate her account of what happened that night. Unfortunately, the simple fact of the matter was that she could not. And that alone speaks volumes about what actually happened.

And what actually didn’t.