WSJ: McLean Pressured Keyser to Lie to Back Blasey Ford Assault Allegation
The hits just keep on coming.
The Wall Street Journal reports today that former Obama U.S. attorney Monica McLean pressured Blasey-Ford friend Leland Keyser to “clarify” her sworn statement denying any knowledge of the party at the center of the sexual assault allegation and to contradict her flat denial that she had even met Brett Kavanaugh.
Leland Keyser told FBI investigators that she felt pressured by McLean to revisit her initial statement that she knew nothing about an alleged sexual assault by a teenage Brett Kavanaugh, which she later updated to say that she believed but couldn’t corroborate Dr. Ford’s account, according to people familiar with the matter.
Monica McLean earlier this week issued a statement denying Blasey-Ford’s admissions under oath that she had on several occasions coached McLean on preparations for a polygraph examination when the two were roommates together.
“I have NEVER had Christine Blasey Ford, or anybody else, prepare me, or provide any other type of assistance whatsoever in connection with any polygraph exam I have taken at anytime,” Monica McLean said in a statement Wednesday.
Contradicting another witness’s testimony is one thing, but urging Blasey-Ford friend, Leland Keyser to change or amend her sworn Senate testimony on the alleged party where Blasey Ford claims Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her could potentially be considered witness tampering in a federal investigation. In addition, it casts doubt on her previous denial regarding polygraph coaching by Blasey Ford and undermines credibility of her testimony on the whole.
In a letter written to the Senate judiciary committee, a former longtime boyfriend of Blasey-Ford claims to have witnessed the polygraph coaching sessions in person.
“Dr. Ford explained in detail what to expect, how polygraphs worked and helped McLean become familiar and less nervous about the exam. Dr. Ford was able to help because of her background in psychology,” the former boyfriend wrote.
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