Grassley’s Gloves are Off: Third Request for Withheld Evidence Mentions “Recently Uncovered Information”
Ford friend Leland Keyser reportedly felt pressured to change her statement
Late Thursday night, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Grassley sent yet another request for evidence (the third in writing that’s been made public) to Ford’s attorneys requesting Ford’s therapy notes (the ones she shared with The Washington Post but has refused to share with the committee in confidence) as well as her communications with the WaPo.
Sen. Grassley also cited “recently uncovered information,” which led him to request communication with Sen. Feinstein and her staff, and Sen. Hirono and her staff. Further, Grassley requested communication with “witnesses identified by Dr. Ford”, Leland Keyser, Mark Judge, Patrick “PJ” Smyth, Debbie Ramirez, Julie Swetnick, and their representatives be provided to the committee.
BREAKING: New SenGrassley letter to Ford legal team regarding dispute over turning over evidence. pic.twitter.com/5NRnaM6ozA
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The last two paragraphs, in particular, mince no words. Sen. Grassley suggests that Dr. Ford’s (and her team’s) repeated refusal to turn over what she claims is evidence of her allegations means that “the withheld evidence does not support Dr. Ford’s allegations in quite the way,” she claims.
Shortly after Sen. Grassley’s letter was made public, the Wall Street Journal reported that Leland Keyser, a friend of Dr. Fords, “felt pressured by Dr. Ford’s allies to revisit her initial statement that she knew nothing about an alleged sexual assault by a teenage Brett Kavanaugh, which she later updated to say that she believed but couldn’t corroborate Dr. Ford’s account, according to people familiar with the matter.”
From the WSJ:
On Thursday, a day after sending to the White House the report on its investigation into the allegations against Judge Kavanaugh, the FBI sent the White House and Senate an additional package of information that included text messages from Ms. McLean to Ms. Keyser, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Ms. McLean’s lawyer, David Laufman, said in a statement: “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.”
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.
Monica McLean, a former FBI agent, and by some accounts, Dr. Ford’s “lifelong best friend” is the individual whom Ford allegedly coached prior to taking a polygraph test. During her testimony before the Judiciary Committee, Ford claimed she’d never “given tips or advice to somebody who was looking to take a polygraph test.”DONATE
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