A Crumbling Narrative

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by Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th.  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  October 4, 2018   

Ex-boyfriend states Ford coached a friend in taking a lie-detector test

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When examined during the Senate judicial hearings, Brett Kavanaugh's accuser testified that she never coached anyone on how to take a lie-detector test. Her ex-boyfriend, however, is coming forward saying that's not true.

Christine Blasey Ford was asked during the Senate's judicial confirmation hearings on Sept. 27 if she ever had discussions with anyone "on how to take a polygraph" test. Ford answered, "Never." She was then asked, "Have you ever given tips or advice to somebody, who is looking to take a polygraph test?" She likewise responded, "Never."

This directly contradicts a statement by her ex-boyfriend, Brian Merrick, who says that, while dating Ford for six years in the 1990s, he personally saw Ford coach her friend, Monica L. McLean, on how to take a lie-detector test. 

"I witnessed Dr. Ford help McLean prepare for a potential polygraph exam," said Merrick. "Dr. Ford explained in detail what to expect, how polygraphs worked and helped McLean become familiar and less nervous about the exam." He added, "Dr. Ford was able to help because of her background in psychology."

Merrick, who lived with Ford during that period, also adds a caveat to his statement that shows Ford wasn't always trustworthy. 

After the break up, I took her off the credit card we shared. But nearly 1 year later, I noticed Dr. Ford had been charging the card, and charged about $600 worth of merchandise. When confronted, Dr. Ford said she did not use the card, but later admitted to the use after I threatened to involve fraud prevention.

A key swing Republican vote in the judicial confirmation process, Sen. Jeff Flake (Ariz.), is saying the FBI looked into Ford's claims and found nothing new to substantiate the truthfulness of Ford's allegations.

"I wanted this pause; we've had this pause. We've had the professionals, the FBI, determine — given the scope that we gave them, current credible allegations — to go and do their review, which they've done," said Flake. "Thus far we've seen no new credible corroboration, no new corroboration at all."

Until now, Flake and GOP Sen. Susan Collins (Maine) have been undecided on Kavanaugh. Flake notes, however, that he and Collins both believe the FBI has thoroughly investigated Ford's claims.

"I think Susan Collins was quoted saying it was very thorough but no new corroborative information came out of it. That's accurate," reported Flake.

Watch the panel discuss ever-widening holes in Ford's testimony in The Download—A Crumbling Narrative.

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