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October 05, 2018

Shocker: After Blasey's Best Friend in High School Denied Having Ever Been at a Party With Kavanaugh Or Knowing About an Alleged Attack, Friends of Blasey's -- Including Monica McLean -- "Urged" Her to "Clarify" Her Statement

Ohhhh.

The FBI lawyer who worked closely with Schumer's protege, Preet Bahara, and who is accused of being, um, "prepared" by Blasey for her lie detector test, also pressured Leland Keyser to "clarify" her statement denying any knowledge of a sexual assault to be more helpful to Blasey.

Beach Friends are the Best Friends.

Leland Keyser, who Dr. Ford has said was present at the gathering where she was allegedly assaulted in the 1980s, told investigators that Monica McLean, a retired Federal Bureau of Investigation agent and a friend of Dr. Ford's, had urged her to clarify her statement, the people said.

The statement to the FBI offers a glimpse into how Dr. Ford's allies were working behind the scenes to lobby old classmates to bolster their versions of the alleged incident, as were Judge Kavanaugh's.

...

On Thursday, a day after sending to the White House the report on its investigation into the allegations against Judge Kavanaugh, the FBI sent the White House and Senate an additional package of information that included text messages from Ms. McLean to Ms. Keyser, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Ms. McLean’s lawyer, David Laufman, said in a statement: "Any notion or claim that Ms. McLean pressured Leland Keyser to alter Ms. Keyser's account of what she recalled concerning the alleged incident between Dr. Ford and Brett Kavanaugh is absolutely false."

Ms. Keyser’s lawyer on Sept. 23 said in a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee that she had no recollection of attending a party with Judge Kavanaugh, whom she said she didn’t know. That same day, however, she told the Washington Post that she believed Dr. Ford. On Sept. 29, two days after Dr. Ford and the judge testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Ms. Keyser's attorney sent a letter to the panel saying his client wasn’t refuting Dr. Ford’s account and that she believed it but couldn't corroborate it.

A person close to the former classmates said it was her understanding that mutual friends of Dr. Ford and Ms. Keyser, including Ms. McLean, had contacted Ms. Keyser after her initial statement to warn her that her statement was being used by Republicans to rebut the allegation against Judge Kavanaugh. The friends told Ms. Keyser that if she had intended to say she didn't remember the party--not that it had never happened--that she should clarify her statement, the person said, adding that the friends hadn't "pressured" Ms. Keyser.

Right-wing Republican rape apologists are using you to destroy your old friend. But no pressure, no pressure.

I'm getting a little tired of bending over backwards to claim "something certainly happened" to Blasey. I think she's straight-up lying.

I can't be sure of that, of course.

But she seems to act in bad faith a lot. I can't fly. I went to a marriage therapist to discuss the ongoing strife of a fucking second entrance we put in two years before. I never heard you wanted to come to California to talk to me, even though it was in news accounts.

The party was near the country club. What's that? Investigators can't find any known "party houses" near the country club? Oh, I meant the party was somewhere between my house and the country club, a 20 minute drive by car.

Wait, none of the people I named as being at the party lived in a house that conformed to my description of it? Oh there were some other people there too. I don't know who. I guess it was a house that belonged to a Conveniently Unknown Person.

But for me, the worst example is the nasty passive-aggressive mean-girl insinauation she dropped about Leland Keyser, claiming, innocently-sounding, that she hopes that Leland Keyser gets over the "health challenges" she's having, strongly implying that Keyser has some kind of brain-affecting progressive disease like Alzheimer's.

Spoiler alert: It's not. She has back and neck problems. Nothing to do with the brain.

But Lil' Miss Innocent Baby-Talk Vocal Fry strongly implied that her "friend" was deranged.

Some friend.

So excuse me if I do not join in with the pretend "Facts don't care about your feelings" crowd in asserting that I know, somehow, as a fact, despite the total lack of facts to establish it, that "something happened" to Blasey.

There is absolutely no actual evidence, beyond a sneaky, deceitful woman's say-so, that anything happened, ever.

I also don't get how the facts-don't-care-about-your-feelings-but-look-at-the-feelings-Blasey-showed-when-testifying crowd is so dismissive of the fact that Blasey's best friend in high school, who she names as a witness to the events leading up the assault, says she is aware of no such party and never met Brett Kavanaugh -- which she would have done, given that there were, depending on what Blasey's needs are at the moment, between 4 and 6 people at the party.

If we're gonna believe all women, why aren't we believing Leland Keyser? If she says she never met Brett Kavanaugh, why are we so convinced she is a liar or delusional? Is it those "health challenges" Miss Squeaky Voice slyly alluded to? You know, the ones affecting her neck and back but not her brain?

Why is this being treated as a mere speed-bump that can be "worked around" or safely treated as of no import?

All these past weeks we've been waiting for one of Kavanaugh's friends to say, "Okay, yeah, I remember a party like that. Brett was there. So was Blasey."

Had any of Kavanaugh's friends said this, Kavanaugh would already be presumed guilty. After all, if his friends say there was such a party -- even if they can't recall any kind of assault -- we'd say Brett Kavanaugh is either lying or was so drunk we can't trust his memory about being innocent of a sexual assault.

But when Blasey's friend says, "Nope, no party, and I never even met Brett Kavanaugh," everyone's like, "Well, you know. Women's little brains can't retain memories as well as men's. Doesn't mean anything."

Add into that that Keyser was clearly pressured -- no matter the Schumer-connected Deep Stater says -- to "clarify" her statement, and still refused to change her memories to conform with Blasey's claims, and I don't see how people can continue saying "Well something must have happened."

Why? Because a single woman, disputed by the best friend she named as a key witness, says so?

Does the right now officially buy into the left's farcical #BelieveAllWomen, #NoMatterTheFacts mantra, or are they just lying about that for political reasons, as usual?

Oh, I know the politicians are probably lying. Politicicians gonna politick.

Why are non-politician commentators, alleged thinkers and members of the "Intellectual Dark Web" or whatever, making the same evidence-free claims?

I don't mind someone saying "I don't know" or leaving open the possibility that something happened to her.

Maybe it did. I wasn't there. I don't know.

But what the fuck is this bullshit with people who claim "Facts don't care about your feelings" asserting, as a fact that that they Feel, that they know something must have happened?

How.

Do.

You.

Know.

That.

You.

#FakeIntellectual.

Frauds?

Here's what I feel is a fact -- I don't like the way Blasey casually insinuated a falsehood -- that her friend was having brain problems -- while pretending to be only concerned about her "health challenges."

I don't like that she didn't just say, "Well, she's having back and neck problems. Maybe she's tired from that and her memory isn't sharp."

Which would be a honest admission of the message she was trying to pump out.

Instead, she implied it sneakily. Pretending to be oh-so-innocently worrying about her friend's health while sticking the "Leland is too brain-damaged to remember" dagger in her back.

That's not a strong indicator that she is honest about other things.

Falsus in uno, falsus in omnibus, as DaNang Dick said.

Below: Blasey Ford says Keyser "needed her lawyer to take care of this for her," implying she's legally incompetent.

In fact, Keyser's family said that Keyser was "blindsided" by all of this because Ford never gave her a heads-up before dumping her name into the superheated national debate.

Keyser's family seems to think Ford is lying:

'Leland was completely blindsided by her name being thrown into it all. The first thing she knew about it was when she woke up on Thursday morning and her name was just everywhere. It was crazy.'

Pictured here for the first time since the news Ford had named her as a witness, Keyser showed the strain of being catapulted into this political maelstrom.

...


The family member who asked not to be named explained: 'She's just trying to get through it and hoping for it all to die down.

'It really felt a lot like Christine was the one called to the principal's office to give an account of something and just threw her under the bus. You know, just reached for a name.'


...

Speaking in her defense Keyser's loved one noted: 'I think it's quite convenient that she named the person who is frankly probably the least physically capable of all of them to stand up and be subjected to questioning or give her account.'


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