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Breaking: Ford’s Friend Leland Keyser Told The FBI That Ford’s Allies Tried To Pressure Her Into Changing Her Statement!

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Whoa, Whoa Whoa! The Christine Blasey Ford story has taken a very dark turn if this recent revelation by the Wall Street Journal is correct. We could be looking at some serious witness tampering charges here if the story is remotely accurate. According to the report, Ford’s friend Leland Keyser was pressured to change her testimony exonerating Judge Kavanaugh.

The pressure came from the same FBI agent Ford’s ex-boyfriend said was coached by Ford on how to pass a polygraph exam. The FBI agent mentioned in the story is Ford’s beach friend Monica McLean, who’s retired now. Ms. Ford and Ms. McLean are close friends and have gone on vacations together.

The Wall Street Journal says the FBI actually has the text messages between Keyser and McLean and both the White House and Senate have copies of the private messages.

Here’s an excerpt from The Wall Street Journal.

From wsj.com

A friend of Christine Blasey Ford told FBI investigators that she felt pressured by Dr. Ford’s allies to revisit her initial statement that she knew nothing about an alleged sexual assault by a teenage Brett Kavanaugh, which she later updated to say that she believed but couldn’t corroborate Dr. Ford’s account, according to people familiar with the matter.

Leland Keyser, who Dr. Ford has said was present at the gathering where she was allegedly assaulted in the 1980s, told investigators that Monica McLean, a retired Federal Bureau of Investigation agent and a friend of Dr. Ford’s, had urged her to clarify her statement, the people said.

The statement to the FBI offers a glimpse into how Dr. Ford’s allies were working behind the scenes to lobby old classmates to bolster their versions of the alleged incident, as were Judge Kavanaugh’s.

To make sense of all this, let’s reiterate a bit. According to the Wall Street Journal, Ford’s ex-boyfriend names her FBI agent friend as someone who received polygraph help from Ford. No one knew who she was previously. And it turns out this FBI agent just happens to be someone lobbying behind the scenes on Ford’s behalf. It’s unbelievable.

Some conservative websites are alleging this screen capture is Ms. Monica McLean arriving with Ms. Christine Blasey-Ford to the hearing:

We think we now know what Senator Grassley was saying in the last paragraph of his letter to Ford’s lawyers Thursday.

Grassley writes:

“I am writing in response to my letter dated October 2. You said that Dr. Ford is willing to turn her documents over to the FBI, but my request of you was not for documents to be turned over to the FBI. I asked you to provide the documents to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Your response on behalf of your client is a non-sequitur. The Constitution charges the Senate with advising the president on his nomination. Senators have a constitutional obligation to investigate and evaluate independently the President’s nominees. Our obligation is unrelated to anything the FBI does. That’s why we don’t just vote on nominees after the president loans us the FBI background investigation. We have to make our own assessment.

The U.S. Senate does not control the FBI. If you have an objection to how the FBI conducts its investigations, take it up with Director Wray. But don’t raise that objection as a reason not to respond to this Committee’s demand for relevant evidence. The FBI’s investigation decisions aren’t our concern. Even if the FBI never interviews Dr. Ford, or interviews her 10 times, this committee has a constitutional obligation to investigate Dr. Ford’s allegations, and that’s what we’ve been doing since we became aware of her allegations.

It’s not even clear to me what purpose turning over these materials to the FBI would accomplish. The FBI would simply turn over that evidence to the Senate. That is precisely the outcome I seek with this request.

You have claimed repeatedly that the evidence I have requested supports Dr. Ford’s allegations against Judge Kavanaugh. She even provided some of the evidence to national news…

Indeed, if the evidence supported your client’s allegations, you surely would produce it as quickly as you could.

But you have repeatedly refused to produce this evidence to the Senate. In doing so, you are preventing the Senate from considering the evidence most crucial to Dr. Ford’s allegations. I don’t know what other inference we should derive from your refusal but that the withheld evidence does not support Dr. Ford’s allegations in quite the way you have claimed.

I urge you once again, now for the third time in writing, to turn over the therapy notes, polygraph materials, and communications with The Washington Post that Dr. Ford has relied upon as evidence. In addition to the evidence I requested in my October 2 letter, in light of recently uncovered information, please turn over records and descriptions of direct or indirect communications between Dr. Ford or her representatives and any of the following: (1) U.S. Senators or their staffs, particularly the offices of Senators Feinstein and Hirono, other than your communications with me and my staff in preparation for the September 27 hearing; (2) the alleged witnesses identified by Dr. Ford (Leland Keyser, Mark Judge, and Patrick “P.J.” Smith); and (3) Debbie Ramirez, Julie Swetnick, or their representatives.

Sincerely,

Chuck Grassley”

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