Reports: Witness told FBI Ford’s allies pressured her to change story

Citing a report at the Wall Street Journal, the Daily Wire reported Thursday that Leland Keyser, a woman identified as a witness by Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford, told FBI investigators that former FBI agent Monica McLean, a friend of Ford’s, urged her to change her original story about not knowing the Supreme Court nominee and not remembering a party in which he allegedly assaulted Ford.

And it seems there were others engaging in behind-the scenes efforts to manipulate Keyser, the reports said.

According to the Daily Wire:

The Journal noted that Keyser’s statement to the FBI offered “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.”

A source close to the situation told the Journal that Dr. Ford’s friends “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.”

According to the Wall Street Journal report, Keyser’s attorney told the Judiciary committee in a letter that Keyser “…does not refute Dr. Ford’s account, and she has already told the press that she believes Dr. Ford’s account.”

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However, the attorney added, “the simple and unchangeable truth is that she is unable to corroborate it because she has no recollection of the incident in question.”

Ford also told the committee in her testimony that she never told Keyser about the incident, adding that she was “downstairs during the event and I did not share it with her.”

McLean’s attorney, David Laufman, denied the allegation: “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.”

McLean, by the way, is the person who was allegedly coached to pass a polygraph test by Ford.

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