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Possible Perjury? Ex-Boyfriend Said Ford Helped a Friend Prep for Polygraph — She Told Committee Something Different

Senate judiciary panel Chairman Grassley demands information, suggests professor was 'intentionally less than truthful'

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In a written declaration released on Tuesday and obtained by Fox News, an ex-boyfriend of Christine Blasey Ford — the woman accusing Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault back in the 1980s — directly contradicts Ford’s testimony given under oath last week that she had never helped anyone prepare for a polygraph examination.

The ex-boyfriend, whose name was redacted in the document, said he saw Ford (shown above left) “going to great lengths,” as Fox News reported, to help a woman he believed was her “lifelong best friend” prepare for a polygraph test she might have been required to take.

The woman, whom he named as Monica McLean, had been interviewing for jobs with the FBI and a U.S. attorney’s office at the time.

Under questioning from experienced sex-crimes prosecutor Rachel Mitchell last Thursday, Ford said that she had “never” had “any discussions with anyone … on how to take a polygraph” or “given any tips or advice to anyone who was looking to take a polygraph test,” repeatedly explaining that the process of taking her own polygraph in August was stressful and uncomfortable.

But in his declaration, the ex-boyfriend wrote, “I witnessed Dr. Ford help [Monica L.] McLean prepare for a potential polygraph exam” and that Ford had “explained in detail what to expect, how polygraphs worked and helped [her] become familiar and less nervous about the exam,” using her background in psychology, reported Fox News.

Interestingly, McLean signed a letter of support, along with other high school classmates, on behalf of Ford last month.

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The former boyfriend further said that Ford mentioned she was a victim of sexual assault during the years they were dating, 1992 to 1998 — and never mentioned Brett Kavanaugh.

He also slammed the idea that Ford has a fear of flying, claiming that, even while in a propeller plane, Ford never voiced any such fear.

She also seemingly had no problem living in a “very small,” 500-square-foot apartment with one door — which contradicts claims she made that she could not testify promptly in Washington, D.C., because she felt: 1.) uncomfortable traveling on planes; and 2.) that her memories of Kavanaugh’s alleged assault prompted her to feel unsafe living in a closed space, or one without a second front door.

Ford indeed “never expressed a fear of closed quarters, tight spaces, or places with only one exit,” the former boyfriend wrote, said Fox News.

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Ford testified last week, “I was hoping to avoid getting on an airplane. But I eventually was able to get up the gumption with the help of some friends and get on the plane.”

She also acknowledged that she regularly traveled on airplanes for her work and for hobbies.

Ford explicitly told Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) during testimony that she had a second front door installed in her home because of “anxiety, phobia and [post-traumatic stress disorder]-like symptoms” that she purportedly suffered in the wake of Kavanaugh’s alleged sexual attack in the 1980s — “more especially, claustrophobia, panic and that type of thing,” she said.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley demanded that attorneys for Ford turn over her therapist notes and other materials after seeing the ex-boyfriend’s declaration, Fox News said, and suggested she was “intentionally less than truthful about her experience with polygraph examinations” during her emotional testimony last Thursday before the committee.

“Your continued withholding of material evidence despite multiple requests is unacceptable as the Senate exercises its constitutional responsibility of advice and consent for a judicial nomination,” Grassley wrote.

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