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Report: Another witness named by Christine Blasey Ford has ‘no recollection’ of alleged party
Christine Blasey Ford’s evidence against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh seems to be disappearing.
A new witness that Ford claimed was at the party where she was sexually assaulted has said she has “no recollection” of the event — and that she “does not know Mr. Kavanaugh.”
In the letter Ford sent to Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) in which she alleged that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a party when she and he were in high school, Ford included a list of people in attendance at the party besides Kavanaugh and herself. Among these alleged witnesses was Leland Ingham Keyser, who was reportedly contacted by the Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this month.
But the alleged witness’s lawyer, Howard Walsh, issued a statement on Saturday that made it clear that Keyser, who is reportedly a “lifelong friend” of Kavanaugh’s first accuser, doesn’t have the information that Ford and her team were looking for.
“Simply put,” Walsh said, “Ms. Keyser does not know Mr. Kavanaugh and she has no recollection of ever being at a party or gathering where he was present, with, or without, Dr. Ford.”
Others that Ford said were at the party included Mark Judge and Patrick J. Smyth, both of whom have denied Ford’s allegations. In a letter to the Judiciary Committee dated Sept. 18, Judge said he has “no memory of this alleged incident,” and added that he does not recall Kavanaugh ever acting as Ford alleged.
Smyth also sent a statement to the committee, writing:
I understand that I have been identified by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford as the person she remembers as “PJ” who supposedly was present at the party she described in her statements to the Washington Post. I am issuing this statement today to make it clear to all involved that I have no knowledge of the party in question; nor do I have any knowledge of the allegations of improper conduct she has leveled against Brett Kavanaugh.
“Personally speaking,” Smyth added, “I have known Brett Kavanaugh since high school and I know him to be a person of great integrity, a great friend, and I have never witnessed any improper conduct by Brett Kavanaugh towards women. To safeguard my own privacy and anonymity, I respectfully request that the Committee accept this statement in response to any inquiry the Committee may have.”
Ford’s legal team, headed by attorney Debra Katz, released a statement on Sunday following the announcement from Keyser in an attempt to clear up the confusion about their dwindling list of witnesses.
“It’s not surprising that Ms. Keyser has no recollection of the evening, as they did not discuss it,” Katz said. “It’s also unremarkable that Ms. Keyser does not remember attending a specific gathering 30 years ago at which nothing of consequence happened to her. Dr. Ford of course will never forget this gathering because of what happened to her there.”
Katz’s statement marks a substantial departure from the tone taken by Ford and her legal team last week, when they vehemently insisted that the FBI thoroughly investigate Ford’s claims, including by interviewing all the individuals who Ford says were present at the party.
Meanwhile, Kavanaugh has continued to deny the allegations, calling them “completely and totally false.” But as additional women come forward with more allegations against him, it is unclear what the future holds for the Supreme Court hopeful.
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