As long time readers of this blog know, I am, for my sins no doubt, a lawyer. During the last 36 years I have been involved in over ten thousand cases. Many of them have had disputes as to facts. The ascertainment of those facts is often the chief element in the ultimate decision in a case. Christine Blasey Ford in her allegation against Brett Kavanaugh, Supreme Court nominee, has named four other individuals who were present at the alleged party. Here are the responses by the named individuals:
CNN has learned that the committee has reached out to a longtime friend of Ford named Leland Ingham Keyser.
“I understand that you have been identified as an individual who was in attendance at a party that occurred circa 1982 described in a recent Washington Post article,” a committee staffer wrote Keyser earlier this week.
On Saturday night, her lawyer, Howard Walsh, released a statement to CNN and the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“Simply put,” Walsh said, “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.”
The lawyer acknowledged to CNN that Keyser is a lifelong friend of Ford’s.
Ford’s lawyer Debra Katz said in response to Keyser’s attorney’s statement that it makes sense that Keyser wouldn’t remember, because Ford has said she did not share her allegations “publicly or with anyone for years.”
“It’s not surprising that Ms Keyser has no recollection of the evening as they did not discuss it,” Katz said in a statement. “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.”
Keyser is the latest person alleged to be at the party to say she has no recollection of it.
White House spokesperson Kerri Kupec said of those who allegedly attended the party, “One week ago, Dr. Christine Ford claimed she was assaulted at a house party attended by four others. 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 Washington Post reported late Saturday that it had talked to Keyser, who told the paper she believed Ford’s allegation.
Kavanaugh has vehemently denied the allegations, telling sources he was “flabbergasted” when he learned of them.
“This is a completely and totally false allegation,” he said after Ford came forward. “I have never done anything like what the accuser describes — to her or to anyone.”
In addition, two others have issued statements.
“I have no memory of this alleged incident,” said Mark Judge in a September 18 letter sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee. He said he did not recall the party and never saw Brett Kavanaugh act in the matter Ford describes.
In addition, Patrick J. Smyth issued a statement. “I understand that I have been identified by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford as the person she remembers as ‘PJ’ who supposedly was present at the party she described in her statements to the Washington Post,” Smyth said in his statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee. “I am issuing this statement today to make it clear to all involved that I have no knowledge of the party in question; nor do I have any knowledge of the allegations of improper conduct she has leveled against Brett Kavanaugh.”
Go here to read the rest. If this were a legal proceeding, and if I were representing Judge Kavanaugh, I would be drafting two motions now: one would be a motion to dismiss, and the second would be a motion for sanctions on the ground that the decades old allegations of Ms. Ford rest in thin air and have no factual basis, and that the suit containing the allegations was completely meritless ab initio as a result. I would be next contacting opposing counsel and advising him or her, diplomatically of course, that unless they dropped this waste of time litigation immediately, there would be be shear hell for Ms. Ford coming in the very near future.