Ford’s Witness Reaffirms Never Being at Party With Kavanaugh: Report

By Allen Zhong
Allen Zhong
Allen Zhong
senior writer
Allen Zhong is a long-time writer and reporter for The Epoch Times. He joined the Epoch Media Group in 2012. His main focus is on U.S. politics.
September 29, 2018 Updated: September 30, 2018

As the FBI begins the supplemental background investigation of Brett Kavanaugh, Leland Keyser—a friend and named witness of Kavanaugh’s accuser Christine Ford—reaffirmed that she “does not know Judge Kavanaugh” and “has no recollection of ever being at a party or gathering where he was present.”

Leland Keyser—whose maiden name is Leland Ingham—sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee through her attorney, Shannon Bream from Fox News Channel said in a tweet.

In the letter, Keyser said she’s willing to cooperate “fully with the FBI’s supplemental investigation of Dr. Christine Ford’s allegations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh.”

She again clarified that she has no recollection of the incident Ford alleged.

Ford testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Sept. 27, about her allegations that Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a Maryland house party in the summer of 1982.

Kavanaugh also testified before the committee on the same day after Ford.

In her prepared testimony, Ford named three other people—beside her and Kavanaugh—who she said were present at the party, including Mark Judge, Patrick James ‘PJ’ Smyth, and Keyser. Judge was a close high school friend of Kavanaugh, Smyth was Kavanaugh’s classmate, while Keyser is Ford’s long-time friend. All the three have denied any recollection of the incident.

Rachel Mitchell Speaks to Republican Senators

The sex-crime prosecutor Rachel Mitchell, who was hired by the Republican senators to question Ford and Kavanaugh, spoke at a meeting after the Sept. 27 hearing. All 51 Republican senators attended the meeting.

Rachel Mitchell questions Kavanaugh's accuser Christine Ford
Rachel Mitchell asks questions to Dr. Christine Blasey Ford at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States in Washington, on Capitol Hill on Sept. 27, 2018. (Michael Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images)

Mitchell reportedly said Ford’s allegation would not hold up in a courtroom. She would not charge Kavanaugh and wouldn’t even seek a search warrant. “Mitchell spelled it out and was clear with senators that she could not take this anywhere near a courtroom,” Fox News cited a source.

Mitchell heads the Special Victims Division of the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office in Arizona.

Trump: 7th FBI Investigation Started

On Sept. 28, President said the supplemental investigation of Kavanaugh started.

“Just started, tonight, our 7th FBI investigation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh,” Trump tweeted, “He will someday be recognized as a truly great Justice of The United States Supreme Court!”

Senate Republicans agreed on Sept. 28, to delay the vote to confirm Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh for one week pending an FBI investigation into allegations brought forth by Ford.

The Senate Judiciary Committee called on the White House to order the FBI to reopen Kavanaugh’s background investigation after voting to advance Kavanaugh’s nomination.

The committee wants the investigation to be finished in no more than one week.

“The supplemental FBI background investigation would be limited to current credible allegations against the nominee and must be completed no later than one week from today,” the committee said in a statement.


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Allen Zhong
Allen Zhong
senior writer
Allen Zhong is a long-time writer and reporter for The Epoch Times. He joined the Epoch Media Group in 2012. His main focus is on U.S. politics.