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Leland Keyser var og er en av Christine Blasey Fords beste venninner. Men hun har ikke kunnet bekrefte Fords fremstilling av møtet med Brett Kavanaugh. Tvert i mot. Keyser har gjennom sin advokat kommunisert at hun ikke vet noe om hendelsen.

Ms. Keyser was among Ms. Ford’s best friends at Holton-Arms, the all-girl private school in Bethesda not far from Mr. Kavanaugh’s boy-only Georgetown Preparatory.

As best friends to this day, it was expected that Ms. Keyser would confirm Ms. Ford assertions: Ms. Keyser was with her on the night sometime in 1982 that Mr. Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in an upstairs bedroom in a home in Chevy Chase or Bethesda during a lightly attended party. She also said Ms. Keyser socialized with the other attendees, meaning Mr. Kavanaugh.

“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,” Mr. Walsh said.

Trump ga lørdag morgen ordre om at FBI skulle etterforske hendelsen som Ford refererer til.

Det fikk Keysers advokat til å sende ut en ny kunngjøring.

On Saturday morning, after President Trump authorized a one-week FBI probe into Ms. Ford’s charges, Mr. Walsh again repeated her denial in a new statement to committee staff.

Ms. Keyser asked that I communicate to the Committee her willingness to cooperate fully with the FBI’s supplemental investigation of Dr. Christine Ford’s allegations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh,” Mr. Walshsaid. “However, as my client has already made clear, she does not know Judge Kavanaugh and has no recollection of ever being at a party or gathering where he was present, with, or without, Dr. Ford.”

Det at Keyser gjentar at hun ikke kjenner Kavanaugh kan virke som en avstandstaken til Fords påstander. Hun ønsker ikke å bidra til å ødelegge Kavanaughs gode navn og rykte.

Da Ford under høringen torsdqg ble spurt hvorfor hun trodde at hennes gode venninne ikke kunne støtte hennes historie, svarte hun at Keyser hadde hatt helseproblemer, og videre:

I don’t expect that P.J. and Leland would remember this evening. It was a very unremarkable party. It was not one of their more notorious parties, because nothing remarkable happened to them that evening. They were downstairs.”

Men er det slik at Ford forventer at hele verden skal tro på en kilde, 36 år etter at det skjedde? Og at FBI skal kunne etterforske hva som skjedde?

To andre sentrale vitner er også helt blanke. Hva skal FBI bygge på?

“P.J.” is Patrick J. Smyth, a friend of Mr. Kavanaugh’s. He has told the committee he was not at the supposed party.

Mark Judge, who Ms. Ford said took part in the assault, has told the committee he has no memory of the party. He is an admitted alcoholic.

Ford beskrev for justiskomiteen hvordan hun kom seg ut på egen hånd. Hun sa hun ble kjørt, men var usikker på om det var til eller fra festen.

Utspørreren Rachel Mitchell spurte om hun snakket med noen i etterkant om det som skjedde:

Ms. Ford, then 15, said she escaped the two, went down the stairs and out of the house. She said she doesn’t know how she made it home, but was not driven. She doesn’t know the house’s location or the week or month it happened.

Ms. Mitchell asked what she told Ms. Keyser the next day.

“Oh no, she didn’t know about the event. She was downstairs during the event and I did not share it with her,” she answered.

Ms. Mitchell asked if any one has come forward to say “Hey, I was at that party too.”?

“No, I haven’t talked with anyone from that party,” she said.

Dermed står Ford igjen som den eneste som vet hva som skjedde, ut over de to gjerningsmennene, som hun hevder er Kavanaugh og Mark Judge. Men hvordan kan en voksen person – attpåtil en professor i psykologi – forvente at hun skal bli trodd 36 år senere, som eneste kilde?

Advokaten til Keyser sier venninnen tror på det Ford forteller, men kan bare ikke bekrefte det.

“However, the simple and unchangeable truth is that she is unable to corroborate it because she has no recollection of the incident in question,” Mr. Walsh said.

Normalt skal da en sak falle. Man kan ikke dømme noen utelukkende på en kilde. Men dette er ikke en normal prosess.

 

Blasey Ford’s best friend to tell FBI she has no knowledge of Kavanaugh or party

 
 

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