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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I am hoping that this latest outrage by the progressives and the media blows up in their face. This may simply harden Judge Kavanaugh’s resolve. It will also provide a roadmap of what they are planning for President Trump’s next nomination to the SC. When I look at how the Republicans graciously allowed Justices Sotomayor and Kagan to be confirmed without the drama I shake my head. After Bork, it is clear that there was no limit to the disgusting tactics they would use. Time to get tough and defend what is right.
Idea: Kavanaugh can resign, sue the living daylights out of everyone now that he’s no longer a public figure, and Trump can just appoint a younger, more conservative justice.
He would still be a public figure for purposes of the lawsuit.
Threatening Keyser in an FBI investigation is clearly obstruction of justice. Why hasn’t Barr prosecuted these people?
It’s obvious Barr has no intention of derailing any effort, current or past, to derail Trump
This is just one more chapter in the broader attempt to smear anything and anyone remotely associated with the Republican party. It’s sheer malice, nothing more.
No sane person had any confidence in her story.
I originally believed that something had happened to her until she was caught in her “fear of flying” lie.
She was caught up in a lot of lies. The borders at her house, the new front door lie, the flying lie came after the repeated attempts to get her to testify in person, then came tons of absurd demands. Once she testified it was clear why they were so reluctant to put her out there.
There are so many holes in her story, so many issues with who she knew and was coached by.
Early on her friend didn’t back her up, and this was someone who this wacky liberal named as one who would back up her fiction… errr… story.
The more time that went on from Finestein bringing this up, the worse the details sounded.
I don’t expect perfect memory, but given her field, she knew exactly how to frame things so the murky details which most people who went through anything like she claimed would be excused rather than point to the lies and fabrication.
She used her history to tie to Kavanaugh, even though it was not really a great fit.
Once seeing her testimony I was convinced she was lying and poorly coached.
“I originally believed that…”
Of course you did. Every single part of her story was full of holes.
She didn’t know what year it happened. She didn’t know where it happened. She didn’t know whose home it was. She didn’t know how she got there. She didn’t know how she got home.
But you believed. Of course.
A common tactic in a smear campaign is to avoid any mention of a firm time or place. That prevents the accused from providing an alibi. When Ford made her accusation and could not state when (not even the year) or where it occurred, those omissions suggested that the accusation was false and an attempt to smear the accused.
Very good thread over at twitchy on whats really going on with the latest round of smears;
Oh…the work is not the persons who posted it BUT someone that was deplatformed off twitter (gee, I wonder why??).
Replying to @tracybeanz
31. ADDENDUM: what does constitutional law say about states ignoring Supreme Court Rulings? What legal remedy is there? How would enforcement work?”
Eisenhower sent the Army.
When questioned by one senator she completely changed her story.
When? He started asking things like “so, the stairway was in the living room, or did you go into an entryway to go upstairs?”
“So, the bathroom you went to was at the end of the hallway? Did you pass bedrooms on the left, right or both?”
When she asked him why he was asking, he told her that with her answers they could figure out the general floor plan, go to city records, and dramatically whittle down which house it was or was not.
She then suddenly could not remember ANY details of the houses’ layout. Even going so far as to say what she had said could have been wrong.
Isn’t. That. Weird.
No, it’s logical that when one is caught in a lie to change the story or act stupid
We can expect far more of this. The bogus accusations will be about sex, the weirder the better. The real target will be the accused’s wife. Unless she has an unusually “strong personality” she will eventually become suspicious, neurotic, or even paranoid under the unrelenting assault. Any reasonable man, no matter how impervious he is to such attacks himself, will want to avoid such damage to his wife, and so will eventually consider it vital to avoid the whole thing by refusing any high-profile office in a Republican administration. Of course, candidates who meet with the Left’s approval won’t be attacked in this way. End result: even a Republican president will only be able to appoint good Leftoids, as all other candidates will turn him down for their own safety.
Similar attacks can be made against a candidate’s children, but that could backfire badly even among liberals. So I expect the pressure to be limited mainly to adults. It will be unrelenting. Note that they already know it won’t work against Donald Trump, but they’re still trying; they’ll never stop.
I imagine Kav’s wife is simply disgusted by the left. I doubt she has any, any, reservations about her husband.
You’re assuming the next nomination will be a man.
I don’t think so. The progs will attack a woman over sex as well. It’s just done a different way.
One way to stop this, for now, is to announce that Trump will appoint Merrick Garland as his next nominee to SCOTUS to replace RBG. The left will have to shut up and according to the record of Garland’s voting, he and Kavanaugh were together on 93% of their cases. This would be a huge improvement over RBG. It would also bring to a halt all of this fake “New” news about Kavanaugh.
had to downvote this
Trump is not forced to appoint Garland in some capacity to compromise
screw the Dems
if those idiots think going after Kavanaugh again – which rallied the Republican base in the midterms – then let the libs self-destruct even further
Not only no, but h–l no.
Let Trump nominate one of the excellent conservative judges on his already publicized list, and see him/her seated. Then at some time in the future when a Dem once again occupies the White House (because it will happen) and has to make a SC nomination (also), *then* is the time to hammer the Garland nomination. Because the instinct of the Dems in power is to ram through the most loyal Leftist they can find, and the obvious argument is “Well, Garland was touted as the Perfect Nominee by the Dems for years, so why don’t you want him now?”
There’s no way to sugar coat this. You’re a complete moron if you think that would change ANYTHING.
You’re begging for ‘peace in our time’.
YOU DO NOT EVER GIVE AN INCH TO THESE PEOPLE.
You’re delusional if you think it would stop anything about Kavanaugh. It would do the exact opposite. It would embolden them that their lies and smears WORK. They’d redouble their efforts.
The only way to stop these smears is to visit REAL CONSEQUENCES on the liars. Blasey Ford is a provable liar. Prosecute her.
Appeasement has not, and will never work against people that seek your destruction.
Is it possible for you to debate a subject without ad homenin attacks? Are you a teenager? If any of you had bothered to look at Garland’s record you will see his not a Soto, Kagan or RGB. Do any of you actually think Trump is going to get another Kavanaugh or Gorsuch through? If you thought the Kavanaugh hearing was evil, wait and see what comes next. Is it worth it to the country? Can not a good man like Garland be a decent judge? He has a long easily verifiable record to delve into.
No one wants Garland. Every “moderate” becomes a hard core leftist when they reach the supreme court. Saying that choice is crazy and foolish reflects reality.
The left cannot stop Trumps choice from being confirmed. Only the R controlled senate can. It’s essentially 4 senators that make the decision. Those are who we have to hold feet to fire.
Do not forget this. It is the R controlled senate that determines the confirmation. All the dirt the progs create can simply be ignored.
Sure he will. There’s nothing to stop him, and no reason not to. Whomever he nominates will have to be prepared for a nasty personal campaign against them, but there’s nothing the Dems can do to prevent the confirmation from proceeding. Reid killed that option dead.
Garland is a moderate, and from a Dem president he’d be a perfectly acceptable choice. Had 0bama nominated him in mid-2015 he would have sailed through. But he would never have nominated him then. The only reason 0bama nominated him in the first place was to put the Rs under pressure; had McConnell called his bluff and let the confirmation proceed 0bama would probably have pulled the nomination himself.
Literally that is an insane idea.
It would appear that you’ve failed to learn a key lesson about the left.
They do not care what you do they are going to attack you every chance they get. Trump appointing Garland would do nothing to stop the left from being the fools that they are.
I was going to call you crazy, but everyone else beat me too it.
Most of America thought she was either a liar or a nut.
sorry, I accidentally downvoted this
I would just add Dr. Ford is a phony and a hack as well
Are you calling Mrs Magoo a liar?
I have seen nothing in her testimony, her actions leading up to the testimony, the ties she had to that FBI agent from NY who resigned shortly before this whole thing took off, the seriously flawed lie detector test – which apparently she wouldn’t do again by a credible source, not that they are reliable, so….
Yup, I am calling her a liar and a tool of the left.
She wanted fame for disrupting a SC appointment. She is a disgusting POS.
Kavanaugh should sue the scumbags of the NY times.
And the DOJ (we’ll be calling it the DOG soon) should be prosecuting Ms. Magoo for perjury.