Report: Ed Whelan Started Researching Brett Kavanaugh Accuser Christine Blasey Ford Before Her Name Had Been Published

Ed Whelan began researching Brett Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford even before her name was published, the Washington Post reported Friday. While Whelan has denied communicating with anyone in the White House about his now-deleted Twitter thread speculating that Christine Blasey Ford was assaulted by someone other than Kavanaugh, The Post reports Ford noticed Whelan looking at her LinkedIn and emailed an associate about it. That email was sent “about 90 minutes after The Post shared her name with a White House spokesman and hours before her identity was revealed.” A White House spokesman told the newspaper that neither Kavanaugh nor anyone at the White House gave Ford's name to Whelan. Whelan, Kavanaugh's close friend, did not respond when the newspaper asked how he first learned of Ford's identity.