Leland Keyser was Christine Blasey’s good friend. Blasey named her as one of the witnesses at the fictitious party in Maryland. Wapo, in September of 2018, wrote that Keyser “believed Ford’s assertions.”
That was a lie.
Keyser said she didn’t “have any confidence in the story.”
In her own book, “Justice on Trial: The Kavanaugh Confirmation and the Future of the Supreme Court,” Hemingway details the pressure applied on Keyser to get her to back up Ford’s tale. The new book does so, too, saying Ford’s friends “had grown frustrated with Keyser. Her comments about the alleged Kavanaugh incident had been too limited, some of them felt, and did not help their friend’s case. Surely, given what a close friend Keyser had been, she could say more to substantiate Ford’s testimony and general veracity, even if she could not corroborate Ford’s more specific memories.”
The pressure grew intense. “I was told behind the scenes that certain things could be spread about me if I didn’t comply,” Keyser told the authors.
As previously reported in “Justice on Trial,” Keyser continues to think about the story in which she was supposed to have played a part. She has both “logistical and character-driven” problems with it. Focusing on one of the angles that many women had trouble believing, she says, “It would be impossible for me to be the only girl at a get-together with three guys, have her leave, and then not figure out how she’s going to get home.”
The authors previously note that Blasey Ford suggested that Keyser might have driven her home, which they do not note is a change from her claim that she does not know how she got home. Keyser also reflects that the get-togethers of their youth were not like the one Ford described. She adds, “I just really didn’t have confidence in the story.” -‘The Education of Brett Kavanaugh: An Investigation,’ by Robin Pogebrin and Kate Kelly