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Fra høringen i justiskomiteen 27 september. Fra venstre: Advokat Debra Katz, Ford og Michael Bromwich.Foto: Tom Williams/Reuters/Scanpix

Christine Blasey Fords kjæreste gjennom seks år skriver i en edsvoren erklæring til justiskomiteen i Senatet at Ford forklarte seg i strid med sannheten på vesentlige punkter: Hun hevdet i høringen forrige torsdag at hun aldri hadde instruert noen om hvordan man gjennomfører en løgndetektortest. Eks-kjæresten sier han selv har bevitnet at Ford ga slik instruksjon.

Ford ga inntrykk av at løgndetketorer var noe hun var helt ukjent med.

Under questioning from experienced sex-crimes prosecutor Rachel Mitchell last week,Ford said that she had «never» had «any discussions with anyone … on how to take a polygraph» or «given any tips or advice to anyone who was looking to take a polygraph test.» She repeatedly said the process was stressful and uncomfortable.

Men dette stemmer ikke, sier eks-kjæresten.

But in his declaration, the ex-boyfriend wrote that, «I witnessed Dr. Ford help [Monica L.] McLean prepare for a potential polygraph exam» and that Ford had «explained in detail what to expect, how polygraphs worked and helped [her] become familiar and less nervous about the exam,» using her background in psychology.

En slik diskrepans når man forklarer seg for en Senats-komité, under ed, er en alvorlig sak. Komitéformann Chuck Grassley skriver i et skarpt brev til Fords advokater at han forlanger notatene fra terapitimene utlevert. Det er her Ford sier hun først tok opp overgrepet. Advokatene har ikke villet utlevere dem, selv om de er helt sentrale for å fastslå om Ford gir en konsistent fremstilling.

Eks-kjæresten tilbakeviser flere av Fords punkter, bl.a at hun skulle lide av flyskrekk. Politijurist Rachel Mitchell avslørte under utspørringen at det neppe kunne være tilfelle for Ford sa selv at hun fløy over hele kloden. Hun virket ikke bevisst på hva hun sa. Det med flyskrekk var et poeng som berørte komiteen, for Ford hadde brukt det som begrunnelse for ikke å komme til Washington.

However, on Thursday, Ford testified, «I was hoping to avoid getting on an airplane. But I eventually was able to get up the gumption with the help of some friends and get on the plane.» She also acknowledged regularly — and, in her words, «unfortunately» — traveling on planes for work and hobbies.

Det er hele Fords troverdighet som står på spill:

The former boyfriend, whose name was redacted in the declaration, also said Ford neither mentioned Kavanaugh nor mentioned she was a victim of sexual misconduct during the time they were dating from about 1992 to 1998. He said he saw Ford going to great lengths to help a woman he believed was her «life-long best friend» prepare for a potential polygraph test. He added that the woman had been interviewing for jobs with the FBI and U.S. Attorney’s office.

Ford sa hun måtte ha to inngangsdører til huset for det seksuelle overgrepet hadde gitt henne traumatiske ettervirkninger.

And Ford explicitly told Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., on Thursday that she had a second front door installed in her home because of «anxiety, phobia and PTSD-like symptoms» that she purportedly suffered in the wake of Kavanaugh’s alleged attack at a house party in the 1980s — «more especially, claustrophobia, panic and that type of thing.»

Ekskjæresten forteller noe helt annet:

He further claimed that Ford never voiced any fear of flying (even while aboard a propeller plane) and seemingly had no problem living in a «very small,» 500 sq. ft. apartment with one door — apparently contradicting her claims that she could not testify promptly in D.C. because she felt uncomfortable traveling on planes, as well as her suggestion that her memories of Kavanuagh’s alleged assault prompted her to feel unsafe living in a closed space or one without a second front door.

Ford «never expressed a fear of closed quarters, tight spaces, or places with only one exit,» the former boyfriend wrote.

Det kan se ut som om Fords troverdighet rakner.

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