When Christine Blasey Ford testified recently before the Senate Judiciary Committee, America witnessed an emotional performance that revealed numerous inconsistencies in her narrative that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her.
The four witnesses named by Ford as being present for the infamous event deny even knowing Kavanaugh, much less ever attending a party where he was present. Ford has named Kavanaugh himself who denies being there. His friend Mark Judge was also named and Ford claims he was even in the same room, yet he denies being at the party as well. Also named is their mutual friend Patrick Smyth, who denies he was there, and her friend Leland Ingham Keyser, who also denies being present and states she has never even met Kavanaugh.
Meanwhile, over 200 women have defended Kavanaugh’s moral character, including two ex-girlfriends who chose to stand up for and vouch for Kavanaugh’s character. Ex-girlfriend Maura Fitzgerald states of Kavanaugh – “He was always a perfect gentleman, and I vouch for him completely. Brett Kavanaugh and I have been good friends since high school. I dated him in college and he was and is nothing like the person who has been described” by Christine Blasey Ford. Fitzgerald explained, “He always conducted himself honorably with me at all times when we were together.”
Another ex-girlfriend named Maura Kane gave a similar testimony stating – “I’ve been friends with Brett Kavanaugh for over 35 years, and dated him during high school. In every situation where we were together he always respectful, kind and thoughtful. The accusations leveled against him in no way represent the decent young man I knew. We remain good friends and I admire him as a husband, father and professional.”
Frankly, it looks a lot more like the left believes that Kavanaugh is all that stands between the Democratic Party and the power it seeks. He is in the way. He must be crushed. Should his wife and two little girls be crushed along with him? Well, it is an acceptable casualty for the greater good.
Sex-crimes prosecutor Rachel Mitchell is experienced and well positioned to “know it when she sees it.” However, rather than seeing Ford as a victim of sexual assault or rape, Mitchell saw her as a witness lacking in credibility. Mitchell also noted that she is aware that there are many reasons victims delay reporting sexual abuse and she recognizes that victims may legitimately not remember certain details related to an attack. The issue with Ford’s testimony is not that she does not remember everything but that she everything she remembers changes at her convenience.
Even more troubling is the testimony of 52-year-old Leland Keyser when she was named by Ford as one five people at a party some 35 years ago where the alleged assault took place. Ford described Keyser as her “best friend” at Holton-Arms preparatory school. Yet according to a family member close to Keyser, she was completely blindsided after being named as a corroborating witness.
The Daily Mail reports –
“Speaking exclusively to DailyMailTV a family member close to Keyser, 52, said: ‘Christine didn’t give her so much as a heads up – as far as I know they haven’t really spoken for several years and they’re certainly not close anymore.
‘Leland was completely blindsided by her name being thrown into it all. The first thing she knew about it was when she woke up on Thursday morning and her name was just everywhere. It was crazy.’
The family member who asked not to be named explained: ‘She’s just trying to get through it and hoping for it all to die down.
‘It really felt a lot like Christine was the one called to the principal’s office to give an account of something and just threw her under the bus. You know, just reached for a name.’
Keyser’s attorney, Howard J Walsh III, last night confirmed that his client has spoken with the FBI and that when she did so she could not corroborate Ford’s account.
Instead, she doubled down on the statements she has already given to the Senate Committee in which she has denied all knowledge of the supposed party, the alleged assault or of Kavanaugh, 53.”
“But Keyser’s relative revealed the mother-of-two’s shock at being named as a witness by a woman to whom she has barely spoken in recent years.
And they expressed anger at Ford’s suggestion that Keyser could not recall the party because of the ‘significant health challenges’ she has faced in recent years.
Ford attempted to brush aside Keyser’s statement telling members of the Senate Committee: ‘Leland has significant health challenges, and I’m happy that she’s focusing on herself and getting the health treatment that she needs, and she let me know that she needed her lawyer to take care of this for her, and she texted me right afterward with an apology and good wishes, and et cetera.
‘So I’m glad that she’s taking care of herself. I don’t expect that P.J. and Leland would remember this evening.
‘It was a very unremarkable party. It was not one of their more notorious parties, because nothing remarkable happened to them that evening. They were downstairs.'”
“Speaking in her defense Keyser’s loved one noted: ‘I think it’s quite convenient that she named the person who is frankly probably the least physically capable of all of them to stand up and be subjected to questioning or give her account.’
The family member went on to explain that the ‘health challenges’ faced by Keyser have not impaired her memory.
But they admitted that being caught up in the Kavanaugh scandal has proved physically trying at a time when Keyser is not in good health.
The relative said: ‘Leland is not a well woman. She has had years of injuries that have seen her have 14 operations on her neck and back. She just wants to get better.’
She is also under enormous emotional stress.
An open letter to Keyser published on Tuesday in The Daily Caller dragged up a tragedy from her past in a bizarre attempt to cast doubt on Keyser’s insistence that she remembers nothing and push her to confront past memories, however painful.
The letter, written by Sara Corcoran, publisher of National Courts Monitor who knew Keyser in her youth, recalled the day in July 1988 when Keyser’s boyfriend dived into the shallow end of the swimming pool at Columbia Country Club. He broke his neck and died.
Corcoran wrote: ‘I remember how you suffered…. sometimes it seems like it is easier to remain silent, but I also feel you know where the house was and who was there.’
She stated: ‘There was nothing you could have done to save Bill from the fate that awaited him, but you can save Christine.’
Keyser’s talent saw her become a professional golfer and she met her first husband, Fox News’ Bob Beckel, at that same country club. They were married for ten years and had two children – son Alex and daughter Mackenzie – before divorcing in 2002.
Keyser went onto remarry leadership coach John Keyser but they too have since split.
Injury forced her to step down from her role as a golf coach at Georgetown University and have, her family member said, plagued her for years.
Keyser has been consistent in statements give to the Senate Committee by her attorney ahead of the FBI’s interview on Saturday in which she reiterated what she had told the committee.
According to Walsh: ‘Simply put, Ms Keyser does not know Mr Kavanaugh and she has no recollection of ever being at a party of gathering where he was present with, or without, Dr Ford.'”