The perfect witness to support Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s accusation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh should have been Ford’s “lifelong friend,” Leland Ingham Keyser. Leland was a member of Ford’s inner circle at the all-girls school they both attended, Holton-Arms, and Ford claims Keyser was at the small gathering on the very night Kavanaugh allegedly assaulted Ford in an upstairs bedroom.
However, Leland Ingham Keyser claims she was not at the party. Although Ford’s account claims Keyser not only attended, but interacted with the other teens that night, Keyser’s attorney stunningly stated in an email to the Senate judiciary Committee that she had “no recollection of ever being at a party or gathering where he was present, with, or without, Dr. Ford.”
In her original letter to Dianne Feinstein, who waving the allegations at Judge Kavanaugh in the waning moments of his confirmation hearing, Ford claimed, “the assault occurred in a suburban Maryland area home at a gathering that included me and four others.”
Though most of the details surrounding that night more than three decades ago seem to be lost to Ford, such as the time, date, and exact year it was supposed to have occurred, there are a few details she purports to remember vividly.
First, Dr. Ford is positive that an inebriated teenage Brett Kavanaugh assaulted her, as his friend Mark Judge watched, laughed, and wavered between cheering Kavanaugh on and telling him to stop.
Second, she is positive that the group of kids at the party included Brett Kavanaugh, Mark Judge, Patrick Smyth, and her best and lifelong friend, Leland Ingham Keyser.
Every person Dr. Ford has named has refuted her account.
Not one witness can recall the party, or attending any such gathering of the group Ford listed as in attendance.
Even more damaging to Dr. Ford’s statements is the fact that Keyser insists she has never met Brett Kavanaugh.
“Simply put, Ms. Keyser does not know Mr. Kavanaugh,” attorney Howard J. Walsh III shared in the email.
Although Dr. Ford insists her friend was in the house that night, and socializing with the other teens, including Kavanaugh, Leland Keyser has flatly stated that she’s never met him.
Leland Keyser obviously wants to help her “lifelong friend.”
In a second letter to the Judiciary Committee her attorney seemed to flip, telling committee members, “Ms. Keyser does not refute Dr. Ford’s account, and she has already told the press that she believes Dr. Ford’s account.”
This seems problematic, as Dr. Ford’s “account” has Keyser personally attending the party, and conversing with Kavanaugh and the others who were allegedly there. Somehow Keyser is stating she believes Dr. Ford, and doesn’t refute her story, yet the same letter repeats Keyser’s earlier statement that she did not attend the party, and has never met Brett Kavanaugh.
This is twice that Leland Keyser has bluntly stated she was not at any gathering as described by Ford.
Twice, Keyser has made it clear that she has never met Kavanaugh even once in her entire life.
It’s rather impossible that Keyser could both believe Dr. Ford’s story which has her fully aware and present at the party, and still maintain that she was never there. It defies reason that she could have been introduced to Kavanaugh and mingled with him and the others, yet she’s never once met him.
After a contentious hearing marred by protests and showboating politicians jostling for soundbites, Judge Kavanaugh was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee and cleared to proceed to the Senate floor for a vote, but only after another delay to allow for an F.B.I. investigation of the allegations leveled by the last minute accusers.
Part of the investigation will surely include interviews with the other people named by Dr. Ford as witnessing the events at a party some 36 years ago.
Dr. Ford cannot recall the details of her arrival, departure, or even the year of the party. No one Ford has named supports her assertions and all of them deny the party took place. Since her claims were made public, there’s been no other witnesses come forward to state they were there, or that they had knowledge of the event.
The F.B.I. will try and piece together the limited details provided by Kavanaugh’s accuser Christine Blasey Ford in her testimony, and that will likely involve talking with Leland Keyser, her lifelong friend, and best friend at the time of the alleged assault.
Unless there’s some dramatic change in the recollections of Keyser, she’ll offer no support of Ford’s claims either.