Of the 5 People at the Alleged Party, Only 1, the Accuser, Has Not Spoken to Judiciary Committee

By Susan Jones | September 24, 2018 | 10:19 AM EDT

Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh embraces his daughter Liza during a break in his confirmation hearing as he mingles with former players of the youth basketball team he coached. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - In an update released on Sunday, the Senate Judiciary Committee said it has been investigating Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's allegations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the last week, and it has now learned the identities of the four other individuals Dr. Ford claimed were at the party where the alleged abuse took place.

"They were not, however, all boys, as Dr. Ford apparently told her therapist and the Washington Post,” the Committee said. “The four individuals Dr. Ford claimed attended the party were Judge Kavanaugh, Mr. (Mark) Judge, Mr. Patrick J. Smyth, and Ms. Leland Ingham Keyser. The Committee reached out to each person and asked for the opportunity to conduct a confidential interview."

According to the update: "Four of those allegedly present at the party have provided statements to the Committee -- Judge Kavanaugh, Mr. Judge, Mr. Smyth, and Ms. Keyser. Judge Kavanaugh has flatly denied the allegations, and Mr. Judge, Mr. Smyth, and Ms. Keyser deny having knowledge of any party matching Dr. Ford’s description."

The committee noted that "Dr. Ford is the only first-hand witness not to provide a statement to, or interview with, the Committee. The Committee expects to hear from Dr. Ford at a hearing on Thursday," the update said.

In her July 30 letter to Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) – an unredacted copy was released by committee Republicans on Sunday -- Ford wrote: "The assault occurred in a suburban Maryland area home at a gathering that included me and 4 others."

But Ford also spoke to the Washington Post, which published her story on Sept. 16.

The Post, after seeing the notes taken by Ford's therapist, reported the following: "The notes say four boys were involved, a discrepancy Ford says was an error on the therapist’s part. Ford said there were four boys at the party but only two in the room" where the attack allegedly happened.

In its Sunday update, the Judiciary Committee said it tried to interview a fifth person, a former schoolmate of Ford's, who was not at the alleged party, but who claimed on social media that the "incident did happen."

That woman, Christina King Miranda, deleted her Facebook posts after the committee staff asked to speak with her, and she told National Public Radio that she really had "no idea" whether the alleged incident happened. "She stated further that she would not participate in an interview with the Committee."

In a Sept. 23 letter to Ford's attorneys, Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said he's "pleased" that Ford has accepted the invitation to testify in an open hearing on Thursday, and he promised to "do everything in my power to provide a safe, comfortable, and dignified forum for Dr. Ford to testify."

He also asked Ford's attorneys to provide the following documents:

-- Copies of any materials relating to the Kavanaugh allegations that either Ford or her attorneys have given to any lawmaker or reporter;

-- Copies of all materials upon which Dr. Ford intends to rely for her written or oral testimony before the Committee;

-- Copies of the results of the polygraph which Dr. Ford has stated was administered to her in early August 2018, as well as the list of questions asked during the administration of that polygraph.

"Please provide these materials to the Committee no later than Tuesday, September 25," Grassley wrote to Ford’s lawyers. "Committee rules also require that Dr. Ford submit her biography and written testimony by 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 26."

Likewise, the Grassley sent a similar request to Judge Kavanaugh on Sunday, requesting any materials relating to the allegations raised by Ford; and any materials upon which Kavanaugh intends to rely for his written or oral testimony before the Committee.

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