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Ford’s Polygraph Statement Inconsistent with Letter to Feinstein

Senator Dianne Feinstein on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., May 8, 2017. (Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters )

Lawyers for Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who has accused Brett Kavanaugh of attempting to sexually assault her when they were both in high school, released the results of a polygraph test she passed in August on Wednesday, one day before she is scheduled to publicly testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee alongside Kavanaugh.

Almost immediately after the results’ release, inconsistencies in Ford’s testimony were pointed out. The written statement used as the basis for the polygraph test said there were “four people” present at the party where the alleged assault occurred but, at some point, “four people” was crossed out and replaced with “four boys and a couple of girls.”

Both of these versions of events are inconsistent with the letter Ford sent in July to Senator Dianne Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, in which she described the party attendees as consisting of “me and four others.” They also clashed with what Ford’s statement to the Washington Post that there were “four boys” present at the party, a claim she has since retracted, saying instead that her friend Leland Keyser also attended the party but did not know of the assault.

In the Post article, published September 16, Ford conceded that her therapist’s notes detailing her 2013 description of the assault were also inconsistent with her recollection. In the notes, which Ford’s attorneys have said they will not provide to the Senate, the therapist mistakenly wrote that four boys participated in the attack, according to Ford.

Thus far, Ford has identified Keyser, Kavanaugh, and his Georgetown Prep classmates Mark Judge and Patrick Smyth as being present at the party where she says Kavanaugh’s attempted assault occurred.

The Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on Kavanaugh’s confirmation Friday morning after hearing from Kavanaugh and Ford on Thursday, though Democrats on the panel have called for the nomination to be withdrawn in the wake of allegations levied Wednesday by a third woman, who says Kavanaugh assaulted girls at numerous parties and was “present” when she was gang raped at one such party.

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