The other woman that Christine Blasey Ford claimed was at the party where she was allegedly assaulted by Judge Brett Kavanaugh claims that she was asked to lie about what happened.
Leland Ingham Keyser, described as a “lifelong friend” of Ford, said that she was asked by one of Ford’s friends to change her story after initially claiming she didn’t remember being at any party with Judge Kavanaugh, and had never met him.
Keyser refused, and has stuck by her story–though she has also claimed that, even though she can’t corroborate the story, she believes Ford’s account.
The Wall Street Journal reported that people “familiar with the matter” had made the bombshell claim. The Journal wrote:
“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.
The Journal added:
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 U.S. Senate is expected to vote on Kavanaugh’s confirmation over the weekend.