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Major Update Throws Final Wrench in Kavanaugh Accuser’s Claim As She Testifies Before Congress

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Don’t you just hate it when this happens? You make a false allegation about someone because you don’t agree with their politics about something that didn’t happen over 35 years ago and people step up to throw a wrench into your already flimsy story.

Fox News is reporting that late last night 2 separate individuals came forward to say that Christine Blasey Ford may have mistaken Brett Kavanaugh for them.

On Wednesday evening, Republicans said in the statement that they have received a “more in-depth written statement from the man interviewed twice previously who believes he, not Judge Kavanaugh, had the encounter in question with Dr. Ford.” It was also said that GOP investigators also spoke on the phone with another man making a similar claim.

Here is more on Ford’s questionable story by via Fox News:

“Lawyers for Christine Blasey Ford, the California professor accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a party more than three decades ago, on Wednesday released the results of a polygraph examination she took Aug. 7 — but a key detail in the report appears to contradict Ford’s past claims.

“The examination, which was administered by former FBI agent Jeremiah Hanafin, took place in a Hilton hotel in Maryland, according to a “Polygraph Examination Report” compiled by Hanafin.

“Hanafin first allowed Ford and attorney Lisa Banks to meet alone to formulate a handwritten statement that Ford signed and provided Hanafin when he returned to the room. Then, without Banks present, Hanafin interviewed Ford about the day of the alleged assault, according to the report.

“In the handwritten statement, Ford writes that “there were 4 boys and a couple of girls” at the party.

“But in Ford’s letter to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., in July, Ford gave a different tally, writing that the gathering “included me and 4 others.”

“The total number of people at the purported party, and their genders has been a key area of focus for Senate Republicans investigating Ford’s claims. Ford told The Washington Post last week that there were a total of “four boys at the party” where the alleged episode occurred, and that two — Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge — had been in the room during her attack. (According to The Post, Ford told her therapist in 2012 that four boys were in the room with her during the alleged attack — a disparity she has blamed on her therapist’s recording of her statements).

“All of the witnesses Ford has identified at the party, including Kavanaugh, Judge, and another classmate, Patrick Smyth, have denied knowledge of the alleged assault under penalty of a felony in statements to the Judiciary Committee.

“However, a woman, Leland Ingham Keyser, a former classmate of Ford’s at the Holton-Arms all-girls school in Maryland, has since been identified by Ford as the fourth witness at the party. In a dramatic twist, Keyser emerged Saturday night to say she doesn’t know Kavanaugh or remember being at the party with him.

“The polygraph exam consisted of only two “relevant” questions: “Is any part of your statement false?” and “Did you make up any part of your statement?” (Ordinarily, examiners ask a series of irrelevant questions to establish a baseline physiological response, which helps detect deception when relevant questions are asked, experts tell Fox News. According to Hanafin, Ford was also asked some questions to establish this baseline.)

“The test measured “thoracic and abdominal respiration, galvanic skin response, and cardiac activity,” Hanafin wrote in the report.

“The former FBI agent then ran the results of Ford’s two “no” responses through three separate scoring algorithms, including one developed by Johns Hopkins University. All three algorithms concluded that Ford’s responses did not indicate apparent deception, with one putting the probability that she was lying at .002 and another putting it at less than .02.

“Experts contacted by Fox News warned against reading too much into the results of polygraph examinations.

“It’s not the result of the polygraph; it is what polygraph subjects say during the polygraph interview that is most valuable,” said Thomas Mauriello, a lecturer in criminology at the University of Maryland who worked as a senior polygraph examiner at the Defense Department.

“President Trump says he supports a process to thoroughly vet Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, but questions Senate Democrats’ tactics; chief White House correspondent John Roberts reports.

“The result of a polygraph simply is whether you did or did not respond to a particular question. A response is not a lie, because the polygraph is not a lie detector as most think,” Mauriello added. “A response is the activation of your sympathetic nervous system when answering a question asked during the examination.”

“In their letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, Ford’s lawyers indicated that they would not release Ford’s medical records as he requested, citing privacy. Ford had provided The Washington Post the results of apparently the same polygraph examination earlier this month, as well as notes from her therapist sessions in 2012.

“The public release of the documents comes just one day before a scheduled hearing Thursday, at which Ford is expected to testify along with Kavanaugh about her allegations. The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a Friday vote on whether to recommend Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the full Senate, even as additional uncorroborated allegations against Kavanaugh surfaced Wednesday.

“It was not immediately clear who paid for the polygraph examination, which can cost more than $1,000 — an issue flagged by Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., on Fox News’ “Hannity” last week.

“If Ms. Ford really did not want to come forward, never intended to come forward … why did she pay for a polygraph in August, and why did she hire a lawyer in August? And who paid for it?” Graham asked.

“Even well-intentioned individuals who have come to believe that their false stories are, in fact, true — whether because of therapist-induced memories or other causes — can sometimes pass polygraph tests, former FBI officials and psychology experts told Fox News.”

On Thursday morning before the Ford hearings, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham went on “Fox & Friends” and said that one of those individuals is “crazy as a loon … the one that I’ve heard about, I think, is not reliable.”

Although Graham did not name the individual, the committee would not release further details about either person when reached for comment by Fox News. A different source confirmed, “There’s no reason to doubt they’re both of sound mind and are both sincere in their claims.”

This all further puts in doubt Ford’s comment about there being “zero chance” she could have confused Kavanaugh for someone else when you consider she has already contradicted herself on many occasions about what allegedly went down at that party 36 years ago.

Republican Senator Orrin Hatch from Utah shot back on Twitter late Wednesday. He wrote, “Some might find it exceedingly difficult to imagine Judiciary Committee Democrats expressing this complaint with straight faces.”

 

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