Christine Blasey Ford’s “lifelong friend,” Leland Ingham Keyser, told CNN through her lawyer on Saturday night that despite Ford naming her as a witness she does not know Brett Kavanaugh and “has no recollection of ever being at a party or gathering where he was present, with, or without, Dr. Ford.”
As the Senate Judiciary Committee staff negotiates with attorneys for Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of a past sexual assault, over a potential hearing on Thursday, Republican staffers are working to interview those who may have information about the alleged incident.
CNN has learned that the committee has reached out to a longtime friend of Ford named Leland Ingham Keyser.
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.
Keyser is the latest person alleged to be at the party to say she has no recollection of it.
“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.
Note, CNN downplayed the story with the innocuous headline, “Senate Judiciary Committee contacts Ford’s friend about party.”
Though it’s currently the headline story on CNN, some 30 minutes after the story broke Saturday they had it fourth down on their page, choosing instead to headline the story, “Reagan’s daughter reveals her own rape,” subheadline, “Patti Davis defends Kavanaugh accuser and alleges music industry exec raped her in the 70s.”
The Weekly Standard has more on Keyser’s background:
Keyser previously coached golf at Georgetown University and is now executive producer of Bob Beckel’s podcast. Keyser is the ex-wife of Beckel, a former Democratic operative and commentator. A search on OpenSecrets.org reveals Keyser’s only political donation has been to former Democratic senator Byron Dorgan. One of the 43 Facebook friends listed on a Facebook profile for Leland Keyser is a “Christine Blasey” who has apparently deleted her account.
Every “witness” Ford has named has now denied knowing anything about her claims.
UPDATE: CNN at 10:54 PM ET on Saturday night finally changed their innocuous headline to read: “Committee contacts Ford’s friend about party; ‘she has no recollection’ of it, lawyer says.”