Margot Cleveland @ProfMJCleveland Conservative, Catholic, law clerk~25Y to fed. judge, adjunct professor Notre Dame, Lawyer, @FDRLST @NRO @dcexaminer @USAToday Mom to CFer. Opinions mine. Sep. 30, 2018 5 min read

THREAD: For those thinking Mitchell wasn't strong enough on Ford, you're wrong. Her gentle demeanor & allowing Ford to talk revealed A LOT-and it especially highlighted what FORD wanted us to NOTICE. Yesterday, I explained that her rehearsal & 5 mentions of Safeway was a tell. 1/

2/ BUT there was another huge tell: It came when Mitchell asked Ford to explain what happened. Here's what Ford said: Notice the unprompted and weird volunteering of drawing a "floor plan." She never suggested that before and had she really wanted to know whose house she

3/ Could have said these were the boys there. Find out whose house it is and that will prove there was a party. BUT no, she didn't. Instead, EVERYONE else made that obvious point: Ford identified the 3 boys and 1 girl at the house. Find out whose house it is.

4/ That is what Ed Whelen did based on what Ford had said in her letter to Feinstein and her interview with the Washington Post. Ford knows that! And Ford then realizes that if PJ, Judge, and Kavanaugh's houses don't match the layout I described, my story falls AND I might have

5/ just implicated an innocent man whom I dated--besides the innocent man Kavanaugh who I want to destroy. So Ford changes her story. Compare what she said re the number of people at the house; the layout of the house; and the location of the party. Here's what she said re #

6/ "me and 4 others" is unambiguous. It isn't "at least 4 others." And the 4 others makes sense because it ties to the 4 she told her therapist, and is more easily written off as she misunderstood me. BUT then note how her handwritten note for the polygraph CHANGES the #.

7/ And when discussing the polygraph, Ford again feigns ignorance and begins to lie re whether it was video or audio taped and then realizes she better admit the truth.

8/ Also recall Ford told Washington Post it was 4 boys--tying it to her therapist's notes but correcting notes saying 4 boys at party only 2 in the room. But then later she changes to 3 boys and 1 girl, her friend Leland. Whelen's Twitter thread then hit. Ford says not him.

9/ But Ford now realizes she's created a HUGE problem because the 3 boys she ID don't live near the country club and her description of layout might not match their house layout. So what happens next? Ford changes it to 4 boys and 2 girls--and one of the boys she doesn't know.

10/ Let that sink in: She said "remember specifically 4 boys being there." BUT to Feinstein she said me & four others. But Ford HAD to do this & she waited until hearing to do b/c Kavanaugh was to disprove her story when it was as sent to Feinstein as only 4 & Ford had ID 4.

11/ BUT that also caused problem b/c Ford had said "near" the country club to both Feinstein and Washington Post. And none of those boys lived near country club, but Ford knew guy she was dating did, so she did 2 things: She changed near the country club & she changed interior

12/ And by changing not far from the country club to somewhere between the country club & her house (some 20 minutes away), she upended Kavanaugh's other way to disprove her tale. Mitchell had the maps ready to go with the distance from country club to houses and Ford's change

13/ in testimony made that moot! AND the Senate had been investigating all the party houses near the country club with 2 former classmates of Kavanaugh's. But now that's all out the window too. But there's more folks. Ford also altered how she described the interior layout

14/ Previously she described the house as having a family room and living room and small flight of stairs. AND her description of fleeing the house focused on her running down the stairs out of the house while party goers were in the living room-not the family room.

15/ BUT in her testimony she turned the family room & living room into a family room/living room. And she fled out house w/ people in living room which she ran by. (More on that later). But she is so intent on changing her description of interior she says I'll draw floor plan!

16/ But she notes PJ is no where near where this happened, but at the same time that she would have to pass by the people to get out of the house. BUT never before did she say she had to pass by people to get out of the house. Ford's revised version, though, makes LESS sense

17/ Because if she walked by these people someone would have asked where she was going! Her friend Leland or that nice boy PJ. AND if the house was not near the country club how would she get home! Close to the country club made sense because she could have walked back

18/ and found her brothers or parents. But if not close to country club she wouldn't have a way to get home, pre-cell phone. AND Leland (who was 16 at the time & thus would have likely driven if not near the country club) would not have done nothing if Ford walked out door and

19/ went missing. I wrote on this last week. So, in sum, here is what Ford has done: She recognized that Kavanaugh can't prove a negative but once it became clear he could disprove HER version of events, she changed the facts so he could. Here's what  http://thefederalist.com/2018/09/26/better-christine-blasey-ford-skips-thursdays-hearing/ 

20/ Ford change: Year of party (mid-80s to 1982); Her age (late teens to 15); Number of people at party; location of party; and layout of the interior of the party. AND each change came when the story didn't make sense OR was able to be disproven. END.


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