FBI uncovers potential Democrat coordination against Kavanaugh nomination

October 6, 2018

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The FBI investigation that Senate Democrats so passionately demanded as a condition for holding a vote to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh has backfired in multiple ways. Not only did federal investigators fail to corroborate any of the claims of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh, but the Wall Street Journal is now reporting that the FBI uncovered evidence of a coordinated effort by Democratic operatives to manipulate witnesses. 

Authorities have learned that Monica McLean, the “beach friend” who convinced Christine Blasey Ford to come forward with her allegations of 36-year-old sexual assault, may have tampered with a key witness in the case. A day after completing their report into allegation brought by Dr. Ford and at least two other accusers, the FBI sent a follow-on package to the White House and Senate containing key evidence detailing McLean’s attempts to influence their investigation.

Dirty Democratic Deeds

Included in this supplementary trove of evidence were text messages sent from Ms. McLean to Leland Keyser, Dr. Ford’s “best friend” who she maintains was present during the 1982 gathering where she says Kavanaugh assaulted her. Keyser’s persistent denial of having any knowledge of a party which fits Dr. Ford’s description has served to undermine Ford’s allegations and foster legitimate doubts her story.

During her interview with FBI agents, Keyser said she felt pressured to revise her original statement and bolster Dr. Ford’s account. The Wall Street Journal reported that mutual friends of Keyser and Ford contacted the witness “to warn her that her statement was being used by Republicans to rebut the allegation against Judge Kavanaugh.”

A person close to Ms. Keyser explained how Ms. McClean asked the former classmate to clarify her statement and say that she wasn’t refuting Dr. Ford’s story, but simply couldn’t remember the alleged party.

In fact, it appears that Ms. Keyser complied with these requests. On Sept. 23, the same day Keyser’s lawyers sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee admitting that she had no recollection of attending a party that fit Dr. Ford’s description, Keyser also told the Washington Post that she believed her old friend’s accusations.

Ms. Keyser’s lawyer also sent a letter to the committee following Dr. Ford’s public testimony emphasizing that she wasn’t refuting her friend’s allegations, but simply couldn’t corroborate them.

McLean’s attorney, David Laufman, disputed the accusation that his client attempted to pressure Ms. Keyser. “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,” he said.

Other people who knew Ms. Keyser have used bizarre and underhanded tactics to try to convince her to spontaneously remember the supposed events of 1982. In an open letter published by The Daily Caller, an old acquaintance of Keyser’s asked her to recall how her former boyfriend dived into the shallow end of a country club swimming pool in 1988, breaking his neck and dying.

The acquaintance, Sarah 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 … There was nothing you could have done to save Bill from the fate that awaited him, but you can save Christine.”

Friends in low places

These allegations of witness tampering are even more damning when McLean’s political connections are considered. Reporters recently uncovered that Dr. Ford’s chief confidant McLean, who helped her decide how to best publicize her allegations of sexual misconduct, worked for none other than Preet Bharara, a former Obama-era U.S. Attorney who has been one of President Donald Trump’s most vocal critics.

Bharara forced the White House to fire him by refusing to resign in 2017 at the request of the president, and the former prosecutor has spent the intervening months making dozens of media appearances criticizing Trump. The New York attorney also happens to be a close ally of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who organized Democratic efforts to resist Kavanaugh’s nomination.

This explains why, in her testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Ford was reluctant to reveal the name of her “beach friend” and stuck with the strange moniker.

The plot thickens

To make matters worse for Ford, the judiciary committee recently received a “sworn statement from a longtime boyfriend of Dr. Ford’s, stating that he personally witnessed Dr. Ford coaching a friend on polygraph examinations.” The friend in question is Ms. McLean, who went on to pursue a long career with the FBI and Justice Department, federal agencies which require job applicants to undergo a polygraph as part of the application process.

In a final twist, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), who chairs the judiciary committee, sent a letter to Ford’s legal team requesting written and videotape evidence of the polygraph examination, in addition to any correspondences between Ford’s lawyers, Democratic lawmakers, and attorneys representing two of Kavanaugh’s other accusers, Deborah Ramirez and Julie Swetnick.

Grassley’s letter suggests that the FBI may have uncovered coordination between the accusers and Democrats that extends well beyond possible witness tampering. The irony, of course, is that Democrats demanded this investigation — a federal inquiry that may ultimately expose their own devious conspiracy to derail Kavanaugh’s nomination at any cost.


Benjamin Baird

Benjamin Baird is a senior staff writer for the Conservative Institute. He is a veteran infantryman of Iraq and Afghanistan with over 1000 days in combat and holds a degree in Middle Eastern studies from the American Military University. Ben is a regular contributor at the Middle East Forum and has written for dozens of conservative publications, including The Daily Caller, American Spectator, American Thinker, New English Review and Yahoo News.