Christine Ford's Fmr FBI Agent Friend Monica McLean 'Pressured' Leland Keyser to Amend Her Statement

Chris Menahan
Oct. 05, 2018

The Wall Street Journal dropped a bombshell report on Friday suggesting Christine Blasey Ford's former FBI agent friend Monica McLean contacted Ford's "lifelong friend" Leland Keyser and pressured her to amend her statement saying she did not know Brett Kavanaugh and had no recollection of ever attending any parties with him.

From Fox News, "Friend of Christine Blasey Ford reportedly felt pressure to revisit statement on allegations":
Brett Kavanaugh addresses his emotional Senate testimony in Wall Street Journal op-ed.

A friend of Christine Blasey Ford told FBI investigators that she felt pressured to clarify her original statement regarding an alleged sexual assault involving Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

Ford identified Leland Ingham Keyser, a former classmate, as having attended a house party Maryland in the early 1980s, in which she accused Kavanaugh of pinning her to a bed, attempting to remove her clothes and putting his hand over her mouth when she tried to scream.

Keyser originally said in a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Sept. 23 she “does not know Mr. Kavanaugh and she has no recollection of ever being at a party or gathering where he was present.” After Kavanaugh and Ford testified in front of the committee last week, Keyser wrote a letter to the committee dated Sept. 29 that said she did not refute Ford’s claims, but “is unable to corroborate it because she has no recollection of the incident in question," according to CNN.

Keyser told the investigators that she was -- as the Journal notes -- urged to clarify her statement by Monica McLean, a former FBI agent and friend of Ford’s, the paper reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

McLean’s lawyer denied his client tried to influence Keyser to change her account, calling it “absolutely false.”

“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,” attorney David Laufman said in a statement to Fox News.
David Laufman is a major player who just recently resigned from the DOJ.

As The Last Refuge reports, "If there was any doubt the “small group” of connected DOJ and FBI officials were behind the use of Ms. Ford, you can put that doubt away now that Ms. Ford’s handler, Monica McLean, has enlisted David Laufman as her legal defense."

Fox News continues:
A person close to the former classmates told the Journal she believed mutual friends of both Ford and Keyser – including McLean – simply reached out to Keyser to warn her that her statement was being used by Republicans as vindication for Kavanagh and if she felt she needed to clarify what she meant, she should. The person said the mutual friends did not “pressure” Keyser.

Howard Walsh, a lawyer for Keyser, declined to comment to the Journal.
This is absolutely massive.

We only found out about Monica McLean after Ford's ex-boyfriend released a statement saying he witnessed Ford coach McLean on how to take a polygraph years ago. McLean issued a denial immediately after -- for which she was not under oath or facing perjury charges.

There's been widespread speculation that Ford's "beach friend" Monica McLean, who lives in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, worked together with Ford to craft her statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

As The Federalist's Sean Davis wrote Thursday on Twitter: "I’m sure it’s just a coincidence that Ford’s “beach friend” who helped her fabricate her anti-Kavanaugh smears, and whom Ford coached on polygraphs, just happened to be a FBI PR rep in the office of Preet Bharara, who used to work for Schumer on Judiciary."

We need a full investigation into Monica McLean and her relationship with Christine Ford and we need it now!

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