The Wall Street Journal dropped a bombshell report this morning. You may have recalled the very definitive response from Leland Keyser, the lifelong friend of Christine Blasey Ford who said that she had no recollection of ever having been at such a party, had never met and didn’t know Judge Brett Kavanaugh. According to the WsJ report, Keyser told the FBI that Ford “allies” didn’t like that response by Keyser and tried to pressure her to change her testimony.
And if you read that and said, “Wow,” yes, indeed that’s a huge wow. And there’s more.
From Daily Wire:
Leland Keyser told investigators that Ford’s friend, former FBI agent Monica McLean, had urged her to alter the original statement that she gave about not remembering any such party and not knowing Kavanaugh, The Wall Street Journal reported.
The Journal noted that Keyser’s statement to the FBI offered “a glimpse into how Dr. Ford’s allies were working behind the scenes to lobby old classmates to bolster their versions of the alleged incident.”
A source close to the situation told the Journal that Dr. Ford’s friends “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.”
And the FBI has the texts that were sent to Keyser.
If that’s true, that could be suborning perjury and maybe witness tampering. It’s one thing to solicit someone to support you. It’s quite another to try to get them to change her statement.
This may be one of the reasons Dianne Feinstein was so shellshocked when she came out of her initial review of the FBI report. She realized it was all unraveling.
McLean’s attorney, David Laufman, is denying the report. “Any notion or claim that Ms. McLean pressured Leland Keyser to alter Ms. Keyser’s account of what she recalled concerning the alleged incident between Dr. Ford and Brett Kavanaugh is absolutely false.”
Ford belittled Keyser during her hearing testimony, suggesting that one couldn’t take her testimony seriously because she wasn’t well.
And if McClean’s name sounds familiar, it should. She was at the hearing with Ford when Ford testified. But she was the friend who Ford allegedly advised about taking polygraphs, according to Ford’s ex-boyfriend.
Ford’s ex-boyfriend called into question several aspects of Ford’s testimony including her claim that she wasn’t familiar with polygraphs and had never given anybody tips or advice about them. McClean has denied the ex-boyfriend’s claim.
The ex-boyfriend also said Ford had no fear of flying or fear of confined spaces as Ford had testified, claiming that was a result of the trauma because of what Kavanaugh supposedly did to her.
Rachel Mitchell, the prosecutor who questioned Ford, laid out all the inconsistencies in Ford’s testimony in a 5 page letter to the Committee. She noted that it was weaker than a “he said.she said case” because there were the four alleged witnesses including Keyser who said they had no recollection of there ever being such a party.