NBC National Correspondent Peter Alexander really stepped in it Wednesday when he tweeted NBC had obtained four signed letters from witnesses who could “corroborate” Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her during a party in high school some 35 years ago.
Except they don't. They really, really don't.
One such letter is from a man named Keith Koegler, who didn’t know Ford during her high school years but said he met her when he coached her son’s baseball team. He claims Ford first told him her account of sexual assault back in 2016, but said he couldn’t remember the name of her alleged attacker until she reminded him it was Kavanaugh earlier this year.
Another letter is from Ford’s husband, who said he first learned about the alleged incident back when the couple got married in 2002, but that his wife “did not provide any details” about her attacker, including his name, until a therapy session a decade later. A third letter is from a woman who says she’s only known Ford for the past 10 years or so, and didn’t learn about the alleged assault until 2013. The fourth was written by a friend who said Ford told her about the incident last year.
NEW: @NBCNews has obtained sworn and signed declarations from 4 people who corroborate Christine Blasey Ford’s claims of sexual assault against Kavanaugh, sent to Senate Cmte. pic.twitter.com/psl62NWZ4J— Peter Alexander (@PeterAlexander) September 26, 2018
Here are the other 2 sworn declarations corroborating Ford’s claims against Kavanaugh. pic.twitter.com/jtiQT6W1fi— Peter Alexander (@PeterAlexander) September 26, 2018
Now, to “corroborate,” as defined by Merriam-Webster, means “to support with evidence or authority; make more certain.”
Which these letters...don’t.
In addition to all these people -- none of whom knew Ford when the alleged assault is said to have occurred and who can provide no evidence or eye-witness account of the incident -- Ford has also named three witnesses who she claims were also at the 1982 party where she says she was attacked by Kavanaugh and his friend. All three of those witnesses say they not only have no recollection of such an incident, but that they don’t even recall having even attended such a party.
One of the witnesses, a lifelong friend of Ford’s named Leland Keyser, said she’s never even met Kavanaugh and never went to a party where he was present.
But despite Ford’s own self-identified eye witnesses from that night saying they have no idea what she’s talking about, we’re to accept letters signed by people who weren’t there who heard about the incident 20 or 30 years after the fact as proof that the attack truly happened exactly as Ford has described.
As for Alexander’s generous use of the word “corroborate,” I’ll just leave this one here: