In a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee, the lawyer for a high school friend of Dr, Christine Blasey Ford has stated that she does not refute the substance of the allegations that her classmate made against President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Leland Ingham Keyser says that although she does not specifically remember the incident, she has no doubt in Dr. Ford’s credibility in making the accusations of sexual assault, according to a report on CNN.
“”Ms. Keyser does not refute Dr. Ford’s account, and she has already told the press that she believes Dr. Ford’s account,’ Keyser’s attorney, Howard Walsh, wrote in the letter, which was sent to the committee overnight Friday. ‘However, the simple and unchangeable truth is that she is unable to corroborate it because she has no recollection of the incident in question.'”
The letter from Ms. Keyser’s lawyer comes after the dramatic last-minute move by Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) to force his fellow Republicans on the committee to postpone a vote by the full Senate on Kavanaugh’s confirmation until after a “limited” FBI investigation. Mr. Walsh also said in his letter to the committee that Ms. Keyser would “cooperate fully” with any investigation by the agency.
Ms. Keyser asked her lawyer to send the letter after the passionate testimony from both Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh on Thursday led her to think that her previous statement on the matter had been misconstrued to sound like she did not believe that the events the nominee has been accused of had actually occurred.
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“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,” her earlier statement read.
Dr. Ford cited Ms. Keyser as being present at the party where the alleged assault took place but has said that she was not in the room during the attack nor did she tell her friend about the incident at the time.
“Oh no, she didn’t know about the event,” Ford testified at the committee hearing, “She was downstairs during the event and I did not share it with her.”
Kavanaugh later referred to Ms. Keyser’s initial statement during his own testimony to emphasize his defense that no one who was at the party has been able to remember attending it. Both of the two male classmates of Kavanaugh’s who were alleged to have been present, Mark Judge and Patrick J. Smyth have denied having any knowledge or memory of the party or the assault.
While their prior statements are an indication of how each of the potential witnesses may answer questions posed in the FBI investigation this week, unlike their public utterances, their answers to the FBI will come under the threat of criminal liability if they are found to make knowingly false assertions.
Now the nation must await the results of the supplemental FBI background investigation to see if any more conclusive evidence emerges and whether it will torpedo Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
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Original reporting by Ariane de Vogue on CNN.