Could Feinstein’s Hail Mary Play Have Landed Ford (Etc.) In Legal Hot Water?

Grassley’s letter to Ford’s legal team AFTER the FBI report has raised eyebrows. Especially the part that names two Senators and their staff.

Booker, Feinstein and company dressed themselves up as the Defenders of the victim class. They weren’t just taking up for ONE victim, they were (by proxy) defending all victims everywhere whose voices hadn’t been heard. In other words, they were the personification of justice for everyone wronged by MeToo situations.

Or at least, that’s the narrative the major media would have had us believe.

But they forced an FBI investigation — an investigation that didn’t give us anything new about “That Night” in question all those years ago. But, according to Grassley, it wasn’t entirely unfruitful. It turned up some ‘new information’.

“I urge you once again, now for the third time in writing, to turn over the therapy notes, polygraph materials, and communications with The Washington Post that Dr. Ford has relied upon as evidence,” he wrote in the Oct. 4 letter to Ford’s attorneys Debra Katz, Michael Bromwich, and Lisa Banks.

“In addition to the evidence I requested in my October 2 letter,” he continued, “in light of recently uncovered information, please turn over records and descriptions of direct or indirect communications between Dr. Ford or her representatives and any of the following: (1) U.S. Senators or their staffs, particularly the offices of Senators Feinstein and Hirono, other than your communications with me and my staff in preparation for the September 27 hearings; (2) the alleged witnesses identified by Dr. Ford (Leland Keyser, Mark Judge, and Patrick “P.J.” Smyth); and (3) Debbie Ramirez, Julie Swetnick, or their representatives.”
Source: TownHall

What that information is, exactly, is unclear. But it could explain how we got that glorious schadenfreude footage of Feinstein crying (set to music, no less!)

Senators. (Feinstein and Hirono specifically named.)

(Will this photo be getting more atteniton, now, too?)

Witnesses.

What could they be looking for? Well, to borrow a tweet from Blumenthal…

Ruh-roh, Senator.

That trap you were trying to lay out for Kavanaugh… may be about to backfire.

Could we be looking at witness tampering… on the accusor’s side?

A friend of Christine Blasey Ford told FBI investigators that she felt pressured by Dr. Ford’s allies to revisit her initial statement that she knew nothing about an alleged sexual assault by a teenage Brett Kavanaugh, which she later updated to say that she believed but couldn’t corroborate Dr. Ford’s account, according to people familiar with the matter.

Leland Keyser, who Dr. Ford has said was present at the gathering where she was allegedly assaulted in the 1980s, told investigators that Monica McLean, a retired Federal Bureau of Investigation agent and a friend of Dr. Ford’s, had urged her to clarify her statement, the people said. …

[…] McLean denies this story through her attorney. However, if McLean did put pressure on Keyser to change her story (and if the texts support that claim), that raises questions about McLean’s credibility across the board, including whether she’s changing her own history on the polygraph issue. Pressuring Keyser to change her statement might cross the line from lobbying to witness tampering, theoretically anyway, especially once the FBI got involved — in no small part due to demands from Ford’s attorneys. Ford and Kavanaugh (and Deborah Ramirez, for that matter) lobbied friends from that period for support as character references, but what the WSJ describes from the texts involved sounds as though Keyser was being pressured to change testimony already given to the Senate under jeopardy of 18 USC 1001.
Source: Hot Air

Will it rise to the level of criminality? That will depend on what futher evidence is revealed.

Contrary to Blumenthal’s tweet, Witness Tampering has to jump a pretty high bar legally.

Will it expose the ‘Resist’ Crowd as maliciously defaming an innocent man for naked partisan gain?

It could do that.

And wouldn’t information like that be handy if the Kavanaugh or a family member were ever to sue for defamation?

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