Lawyer for Blasey Ford Releases Statement Saying It Doesn’t Matter That Friend Named as Attending Kavanaugh Party Doesn’t Remember

In the latest chapter of, “As the Senate Spins on Christine Blasey Ford’s Finger”, Debra Katz, lead attorney for Blasey Ford dismissed a statement from her lifelong friend claiming not only to not remember the alleged high school party where Blasey Ford claims she was sexually assaulted by Kavanaugh, but stating she has never been at a party or gathering with Kavanaugh.

Katz’s statement, given to NBC News, came in response to a statement by an attorney for Leland Keyser to the Senate Judiciary Committee that said:

Dear Ms. Mehler:

Ms. Leland Keyser has engaged me in the limited capacity to address your request for information in the email below. Simply put, Ms. Keyser does not know Mr. Kavanaugh and she has no recollection of ever being at a party or gathering where he was present, with, or without, Dr. Ford.

Ms. Keyser hopes this information is helpful to your investigation.

I am avaiable (sic) for any further questions you may have.

Sincerely,

Howard J. Walsh III, Esq.

Walsh told CNN Keyser is a “lifelong friend of Ford’s”.

Katz replied in a statement issued to NBC News:

As Dr. Ford has said, she did not share her story publicly or with anyone for years following the incident with Judge Kavanaugh. It’s not surprising that Ms Keyser has no recollection of the evening as they did not discuss it. It’s also unremarkable that Ms. Keyser does not remember attending a specific gathering 30 years ago at which nothing of consequence happened to her. Dr. Ford of course will never forget this gathering because of what happened to her there.”

The statements were posted to Twitter by NBC’s Frank Thorp V.

Keyser spoke with the Washington Post Saturday, saying she believes her friend Dr. Ford.

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 had “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 was close friends with Ford and that she believes Ford’s allegation.

Before her name became public, Ford told The Post she did not think Keyser would remember the party because nothing remarkable had happened there, as far as Keyser was aware. Ford has said she did not tell anyone about the alleged assault until 2012.

Kerri Kupec, a White House spokeswoman, was quoted by the Post summing up the lack of corroborating witnesses for Blasey Ford’s claim.


“One week ago, Dr. Christine Ford claimed she was assaulted at a house party attended by four others,” Kupec said in a statement. “Since then, all four of these individuals have provided statements to the Senate Judiciary Committee denying any knowledge of the incident or even having attended such a party.”

The alleged witness/participants who have each denied being at the party described by Blasey Ford are: Brett Kavanaugh, Mark Judge, PJ Smyth and Leland Ingham Keyser. (Keyser was married for about ten years to Bob Beckel)

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