‘Dr. Ford never indicated a fear of flying. To the best of my recollection, Dr. Ford never expressed a fear of closed quarters…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) An ex-boyfriend of Christine Blasey Ford, one of the women accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, submitted a written declaration that contradicts Ford’s sworn testimony.
The ex-boyfriend, whose name has not been released, said Ford never mentioned Kavanaugh’s name or the alleged crime during the time they dated, from about 1992 to 1998. He said Ford never suggested she had been a victim of sexual misconduct.
The former boyfriend said Ford’s claim that she had “never” had prior experience with a polygraph examination was not true, and that Ford had helped her “life-long best friend” Monica McLean prepare for a potential polygraph test.
BREAKING: Fox’s @johnrobertsFox obtains letter from Ford ex-boyfriend alleging: dated for 6 yrs, never told of sex assault, Ford coached friend on taking polygraph, flew frequently w/o expressing any fear of flying/tight spaces/limited exits. Doesn’t want to b/c “involved”. pic.twitter.com/jVeW0qaJD0
— Shannon Bream (@ShannonBream) October 3, 2018
“I witnessed Dr. Ford help McLean prepare for a potential polygraph exam,” the ex-boyfriend wrote. “Dr. Ford explained in detail what to expect, how polygraphs worked and helped McLean become familiar and less nervous about the exam. Dr. Ford was able to help because of her background in psychology.”
But during her testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, Ford denied having any experience with a polygraph examination.
Under questioning from sex-crimes prosecutor Rachel Mitchell, Ford said she “never” had “discussions with anyone on how to take a polygraph” or “given any tips or advice to anyone who was looking to take a polygraph test.”
The former boyfriend also discredited Ford’s alleged fear of flying.
While they were dating, he said, they travelled together, and Ford never complained about a fear of flights.
“While visiting Ford in Hawaii, we traveled around the Hawaiian islands including one time on a propeller plane. Dr. Ford never indicated a fear of flying. To the best of my recollection, Dr. Ford never expressed a fear of closed quarters, tight spaces, or places with only one exit,” he said.
This directly contradicts what Ford told the Senate Judiciary Committee last week: “I was hoping to avoid getting on an airplane,” she said. “But I eventually was able to get up the gumption with the help of some friends and get on the plane.”
The former boyfriend said in his submitted declaration that he did not want to become involved in the case, but he “wanted to be truthful.”
Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) demanded Ford’s attorneys hand over evidence, like her therapists’ notes, to verify her sworn testimony. He said the ex-boyfriends’ letter throws her testimony into question and suggested Ford had been dishonest.
“Your continued withholding of material evidence despite multiple requests is unacceptable as the Senate exercises its constitutional responsibility of advice and consent for a judicial nomination,” Grassley said in a statement, according to Fox News.
Grassley said Ford’s apparent inconsistencies could be easily resolved if her legal team turned over all evidence, including the results of her own polygraph examination. Grassley said withholding important information is “not justified,” regardless of the privacy or medical excuses Ford has continued to cite.
“The accuser freely admits to having no evidence whatsoever that Judge Kavanaugh even attended this part,” Grassley said in a different letter to Democratic Sen. Chris Coons. “We’ve reached a new level of absurdity with this allegation.”