No one is backing up the accusation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
In the latest turn of events regarding alleged witnesses, a woman who Brett Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford said was at the high school party where Ford claims she was sexually assaulted has stated she didn’t know anything about the alleged event.
A statement by the lawyer for Leland Ingham Keyser says she had no knowledge of being at the early 1980s party that Kavanaugh’s nomination now hinges upon.
“Simply put, 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,” a statement written by Keyser’s attorney, Howard Walsh, reads.
The Saturday statement came after Keyser was sent a letter by Lauren Mehler, senior counsel for Senate Judiciary Chairman Sen. Charles Grassley.
NEWS: Attorney for Leland Keyser, who Dr Ford says was at the party where the alleged incident with Kavanaugh occurred says “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.” pic.twitter.com/l2F0s396IK
— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) September 23, 2018
“I understand that you have been identified as an individual who was in attendance at a party that occurred circa 1982 described in a recent Washington Post article,” Mehler’s letter read, according to Breitbart.
“Pursuant to our Committee’s investigative practices, we would like to have a confidential phone call with you regarding the allegations made in the article about Judge Brett Kavanaugh.”
In a statement to NBC News, Ford lawyer Debra Katz tried to downplay the importance of Keyser’s letter.
“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.”
Keyser, a “lifelong friend” of Ford’s, is the latest person to officially disavow being at the 1982(ish) party at which Ford claims she was sexually assaulted by Kavanaugh.
Patrick J. Smyth, another alumnus of Kavanaugh’s Georgetown Prep who was purportedly at the gathering, says he doesn’t remember it, either.
“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,” a letter from Smyth’s attorney read.
“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.”
National Review’s Charles C.W. Cooke may have put it best:
A third named witness, whose lawyer confirms she’s a lifelong friend of Kavanaugh’s accuser, rejects the allegations against Kavanaugh. Nobody has confirmed it; everyone named as present has denied; the only person yet to testify under oath is the accuser. https://t.co/diHdsDiLDG
— Charles C. W. Cooke (@charlescwcooke) September 23, 2018
Thus far, the only person who seems to acknowledge the existence of this party is Ford, and that includes people who ought to be her allies. That’s especially problematic for her, — and for the narrative of Kavanaugh’s guilt that leftists are trying to build in the media — given the lack of concrete details she’s been able to provide thus far about the event.
Ford and Kavanaugh will likely both have their say before the Senate Judiciary Committee at a hearing now set for Thursday. That’s a very good thing, considering the seriousness of the charge and the lack of corroboration.
We ought to withhold judgment until after we hear the story. However, one thing Ford will have to answer is why so many people she claims were at this event not only say they don’t remember it but outright deny it ever happened.
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