Christine Blasey Ford’s Close Friend Leland Keyser Didn’t Believe Her: “I don’t have any confidence in the story”
That bombshell was buried in anti-Kavanaugh book and left out of NY Times article that sparked calls for impeachment.
The smears and campaign against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh will not go away despite the obvious lack of evidence he ever sexually assaulted or exposed himself to anyone. The New York Times reporters Robin Pogebrin and Kate Kelly continued this obsession with their new book, determined to keep alive the case against Kavanaugh.
The case against Kavanaugh centered around Christine Blasey Ford. The authors continued to use Ford’s accusations against Kavanaugh despite the lack of evidence and no one could back up her story.
It was not until the end the authors noted that Christine Blasey Ford’s lifelong friend Leland Keyser and others did not believe Ford’s story.
Mollie Hemingway at The Federalist, who also noted the correction at The New York Times, offered a scathing review of Pogebrin and Kelly’s book The Education of Brett Kavanaugh: An Investigation:
The book offers no evidence in support of the allegations made by Christine Blasey Ford, but, they write, their “gut reaction” was that her allegations “rang true.”
Their “gut” instinct was based on the fact that Blasey Ford and Kavanaugh grew up in the same rough area and she had dated one of his friends. Further, Leland Keyser had gone out on a date — maybe even two dates, they’re not sure — with a friend of Kavanaugh’s. “None of that means that Ford was, in fact, assaulted by Kavanaugh,” they write, “But it does mean that she has a baseline level of credibility as an accuser.” It is unclear what they mean.
The authors go on to say they have seen no evidence of Ford fabricating stories. They ignore the dramatic inconsistency between her claimed fear of flying that necessitated a lengthy delay of the reopened confirmation hearings and her stated love of global “surf travel” to remote islands across vast stretches of ocean and other distant destinations, such as Hawaii, Costa Rica, the South Pacific islands and French Polynesia. A sworn affidavit from an ex about her tendency to fly frequently and in small planes is waved away by the authors.
While acknowledging the outpouring of support from some of the world’s wealthiest and powerful people in Silicon Valley, accolades from corporate media, participation in far-left political causes, and nearly a million dollars raised in GoFundMe accounts, the authors say the only reason to come forward with an uncorroborated 35-year-old account of sexual misconduct would be because she believed it to be true.
It is not until the end of the book that the authors admit:
We spoke multiple times to Keyser, who also said that she didn’t recall that get-together or any others like it. In fact, she challenged Ford’s accuracy. “I don’t have any confidence in the story.”
Keyser told Pogrebin and Kelly about the smear campaign against her if she did not help Ford take down Kavanaugh. It’s important to remember this is the first time Keyser has spoken on the record about the incident:
A group text was formed in which friends such as Cheryl Amitay and Lulu Gonella discussed how to get her to say something more helpful to the cause. An unnamed man on the text suggested that they defame her as an addict. Keyser has been in recovery for some time, as her friends know and as has previously been reported.
Amitay answered, “Leland is a major stumbling block.” While asserting she didn’t want her to make anything up out of whole cloth, she offered ideas for things that could sound supportive of Ford’s story, such as that she’d been in similar situations with Blasey Ford that summer.
“I was told behind the scenes that certain things could be spread about me if I didn’t comply,” Keyser told the reporters, a stunning admission of the pressure to which she was subjected to by Blasey Ford’s allies.
As previously reported in “Justice on Trial,” Keyser continues to think about the story in which she was supposed to have played a part. She has both “logistical and character-driven” problems with it. Focusing on one of the angles that many women had trouble believing, she says, “It would be impossible for me to be the only girl at a get-together with three guys, have her leave, and then not figure out how she’s going to get home.”
Instead of professing doubt on Ford, Hemingway wrote the authors downplayed Keyser’s account. Like with Deborah Ramirez, Pogebrin and Kelly used their “gut” instincts to back Ford instead of actual evidence.
That pressure included threats from mutual friends that there would be a smear campaign targeted at her if she didn’t support Ford’s account, which really shows extent to which those people were interested in the truth. https://t.co/jzmJnecjPw
— (((AG))) (@AG_Conservative) September 16, 2019
NYT has real news in their Kavanaugh book — for the first time, American hero Leland Keyser on the record exploding the Ford smear.
If they were a journalistic endeavor they would have headlined that. https://t.co/OLTp1VqxUK
— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) September 16, 2019
Leland Keyser is an American hero. The pressure was *intense* and she refused to lie.https://t.co/ommUOSmbEb
— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) September 16, 2019
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