Christine Blasey Ford Throws Friend Leland Ingram Keyser Under the Bus, Blames ‘Health Challenges’ for Her Not Remembering Kavanaugh Party
Dr. Christine Blasey Ford dismissed the failure of her long-time friend from high school, Leland Ingham Keyser, to remember a small party where Blasey Ford claims she was sexually assaulted and fled alone, saying Keyser is currently beset with “health challenges”.
In response to a question by GOP designated questioner Rachel Mitchell about sworn statements by the three individuals named by Blasey Ford as being at the party that they do not remember or have knowledge about the early 1980s party that Blasey Ford claims Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her, Blasey Ford blamed Keyser’s health issues.
“Leland has, uh, significant health challenges and I’m happy that she’s focusing on herself and getting the health treatment that she needs and she let me know that she needed her lawyer to take care of this for her and she texted my right after with an apology and good wishes, and, etc., so I’m glad that she’s taking care of herself.”
Blasey Ford on statements from other party attendees: "I don't expect that P.J. and Leland would remember this evening. It was a unremarkable party. It wasn't a more notorious party. Because nothing remarkable happened to them that evening. They were downstairs." pic.twitter.com/NrIJ9Cz9k0
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) September 27, 2018
Blasey Ford went on to say she didn’t expect Leland and a boy, P.J. to remember that party because it not a remarkable party compared to their “more notorious parties” and that nothing remarkable happened to them.
Unasked by Mitchell was whether it was remarkable for the then 15-year-old Chrissy Blasey to catch rides with friends to parties and then ditch them with no way home–and whether those friends noticed or cared.
In addition to the statement Keyser gave the committee, she spoke to the Washington Post and denied knowledge of the alleged attack or the party. Keyser added though that she believes her friend.
“As negotiations continued, Leland Keyser, a woman Ford told The Washington Post was present at the party where she alleges Kavanaugh assaulted her, came forward to say she “does not know Mr. Kavanaugh and she has no recollection of ever being at a party or gathering where he was present,” according to an email her lawyer sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee, obtained by The Post. In a brief interview at her home in Silver Spring, Keyser said that she did not recall the party, but that she was close friends with Ford and that she believes Ford’s allegation.”