WATCH: Ex-FBI Agent Reveals Details of Polygraph Test He Gave Christine Blasey Ford
Why were only two questions asked?
The retired FBI agent who administered Christine Blasey Ford's polygraph test joined Shannon Bream on "Fox News @ Night" to discuss the process and the results.
Ford has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of forcing himself on her when they were both high school students in the early 1980s. Kavanaugh has emphatically denied the allegation, but Ford's sexual misconduct claim and several others have placed his confirmation in doubt.
In early August, Jeremiah Hanafin interviewed Ford about her allegations in order to formulate the relevant lie-detector questions, and he allowed her to state her recollections with minimal follow-up questions.
"When you do your interview before the polygraph, especially on a victim, you don't ask a lot of follow-up questions. It's kind of a heinous thing that's happened that they are alleging," Hanafin said. "So 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."
When he administered the polygraph exam, it consisted of just two questions: "Is any part of your statement false?" and "Did you make up any part of your statement?"
Hanafin then ran the results of Ford's two "no" responses through three separate scoring algorithms, including one developed by Johns Hopkins University. All three algorithms concluded that Ford's responses did not indicate apparent deception, with one putting the probability that she was lying at .002 and another putting it at less than .02.
Bream asked if it is standard for a polygraph in a situation like this to consist of so few questions, and Hanafin confirmed that it was.
"You don't normally give polygraph tests to victims. You represent victims. You believe them unless you have some corroborating evidence that there's something about this person's allegations ... that you don't believe," Hanafin said, adding that he administered a "specific issue polygraph test."
"The one issue here is her statement. And you have to address that one issue only asking two questions," he said. "You look at the overall [statement] and you ask two questions, and that is the most validated polygraph test.
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