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As FBI Investigates & Testimony Falls Apart, Ford Withholds Key Evidence

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Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who is accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, finally got what she wanted. There is now an FBI investigation into her accusations, but she is unwilling to provide a key piece that could at least give some credibility to her so-far unsubstantiated story.

The piece of potentially corroborating evidence, Ford’s therapy notes, is missing from the investigation.

The importance of Ford’s therapy notes cannot be overstated. The first time Ford ever spoke about the assault since it allegedly happened in the early 1980s was in one of her therapy sessions in 2012.

If the details in Ford’s story match up with the details in the 2012 therapy notes, it would certainly help her case. (It wouldn’t prove anything, of course, but it would at least help bolster her story.)

The problem for Ford is that there are significant discrepancies between the therapy notes and her testimony as noted by Rachel Mitchell, the prosecutor hired by Republicans to question Ford.

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In her report on the testimony, Mitchell pointed out that the original Washington Post story that publicly identifed Ford said notes from Ford’s therapy indicate the attack occurred when Ford was in her “late teens,” which contradicts her later claims that she was 15.

It’s also noteworthy that Kavanaugh wasn’t named specifically in the therapy notes.

One could only imagine that there are more discrepancies hidden within those therapy notes.

Unfortunately, Ford “refused to provide any of her therapy notes to the Committee,” according to Mitchell.

It’s not surprising that Ford doesn’t want to hand over those notes. The only document that could possibly corroborate her story seems to have the opposite effect.

On Tuesday, Sen. Chuck Grassley, the Senate Judiciary Chairman, sent a letter to Ford’s lawyers asking for the notes and stressed their importance.

“I renew my request for the notes from therapy sessions in which Dr. Ford discussed the alleged assault by Judge Kavanaugh,” Grassley wrote.

Grassley also pointed out the contradiction between her story and the notes.

Should Ford hand over the therapy notes?
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“These notes have repeatedly been cited as corroboration even while written 30 years after the alleged event and in apparent contradiction with testimony and other public statements regarding key details of the allegations,” he wrote.

Time will tell if Ford will actually comply with the committee’s request here. It’s unclear if FBI investigators will seek Ford’s therapist notes — as of Tuesday, Ford attorneys Debra Katz and Michael Bromwich were complaining that the FBI hadn’t tried to contact their client, according to the New York Post.

Until Ford is forced to provide the notes, she has plenty of incentive to  keep them hidden.

From what’s known so far, they only damage her story even more.

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Malachi Bailey is a writer from Ohio with a background in history, education and philosophy. He has led multiple conservative groups and is dedicated to the principles of free speech, privacy and peace.
Malachi Bailey is a writer from Ohio with a passion for free speech, privacy and peace. He graduated from the College of Wooster with a B.A. in History. While at Wooster, he served as the Treasurer for the Wooster Conservatives and the Vice President for the Young Americans for Liberty.
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