The general reaction to Christine Blasey Ford last Thursday, even inside the White House, was that she seemed genuine, credible, and sympathetic in her testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Even among those who could not help but be aware of the fact that Ford’s testimony lacked any shred of corroborating evidence, it seemed obvious that, no matter what the truth of the story might have been, Ford herself believed it.
Now some of that testimony is coming unraveled.
A RealClearInvestigations report came out Wednesday showing that real estate records conflict with Ford’s assertion that she first told a marriage counselor about the sexual assault in 2012 because her husband was arguing with her about putting in a second front door at their Palo Alto house. The investigation revealed that the second door had actually been put in years earlier and was generally used (and intended to be used) as a second entrance, not an extra exit.
Doubts have also come in about Ford’s supposed fear of flying, which she used as an excuse not to meet with Judiciary Committee senators the week before her testimony. This fear, also, she attributed to the anxiety and claustrophobia she’d experienced ever since that fateful day in 1982 (or was it 1983…). But records show that she has taken many flights throughout her life; none of her friends or witnesses can recall her ever mentioning any particular fear of airplanes at all.
Among those who cannot recall such a thing? Her ex-boyfriend, who filed a written declaration on Tuesday that contradicts another aspect of Dr. Ford’s testimony. In the statement, the boyfriend (whose name has been withheld) says that when dated Ford between the years of 1992 and 1998, she never once complained of a fear of flying, never once mentioned that she was sexually assaulted as a teenager, and never had a problem living in a cramped, 500 square ft. apartment with only one door, which seems to contradict her testimony of being riddled with claustrophobia since the day of the attack.
Most damningly, the boyfriend says that Ford lied when she told the Senate that she had no experience whatsoever with a polygraph machine. This seemed like dubious testimony even at the time, given that Ford is a licensed psychologist, but as usual, the media gave her a pass. But her ex says that not only is she familiar with polygraphs, she actually helped her “lifelong best friend” Monica McLean prepare for one when she was interviewing for federal government jobs.
“I witnessed Dr. Ford help McLean prepare for a potential polygraph exam,” he writes. “Ford explained in detail what to expect, how polygraphs worked and helped become familiar and less nervous about the exam.”
This sham is coming apart. Mitch, don’t let us down.