Ford Testimony On Polygraph Appears To Conflict With Fox Interview Of Polygrapher

Virginia Kruta Associate Editor
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Kavanaugh accuser Dr. Christine Blasey Ford appeared to contradict statements made Wednesday on “Fox News at Night” by the man who administered her polygraph test during her testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.


Ford told prosecutor Rachel Mitchell on Thursday morning that what she remembered about the polygraph was that she was asked “a lot of questions.”

“I remember being hooked up to a machine, like the … being placed onto my body,” Ford began. “Being asked a lot of questions and crying a lot. That’s my primary memory of that test. I don’t know — I know he took laborious detail in explaining what he was going to be doing, but I was just focused on kind of what I was going to say and my fear about that. I wasn’t listening to every detail about whether it was audio or video-recorded.”

Just hours earlier, former FBI agent Jeremiah Hanafin talked about that same polygraph test with Shannon Bream on Fox News. He told Bream that he completed a polygraph examination of Ford in early August, following a brief interview.

Hanafin explained that the interview was necessary to determine what questions would be relevant to ask, and made a point of stating that he had asked only limited follow-up questions.

Hanafin went on to point out the reason extensive follow-up questions are avoided: they could potentially affect the outcome of the exam. “You want to get the general facts. So to continue to ask questions and pry —  you don’t want someone to get too emotional, especially a victim,” he said.

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