Respected Arizona Prosecutor Chosen To Question Kavanaugh, Ford

Larry Hoffman
September 28, 2018

Although Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee have adamantly refused Christine Blasey Ford's request for an FBI investigation into her accusation against Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh-who, she alleges, attempted to rape her at a party when they were teenagers back in 1982-they have agreed to a hearing on the matter.

Allies of President Donald Trump criticized of Rachel Mitchell's questioning of professor Christine Blasey Ford at Thursday's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.

But because Mitchell was taking the place of Republican senators on the Judiciary Committee, she was allotted only five minutes at a time for questioning.

But each of the 11 Republicans on the committee are male, and there was said to be an awareness that having 11 men grill a woman who says she was a victim of sexual assault may not be a good idea. Multiple Republican senators have told Fox News that they want to hear Ford's testimony before deciding which way to vote on Kavanaugh's nomination.

Grassley said that Mitchell has experience and objectivity and will treat the witnesses fairly and respectfully.

Ford's husband, Russell Ford, said he had learned details about the assault during a couple's therapy session in 2012, though she had previously mentioned the assault around the time of their marriage.

Dr. Blasey Ford has accused Kavanaugh of groping her over 35 years ago when the two were in high school. In 2003, the state named her "Arizona's outstanding sexual-assault prosecutor" and Prosecutor of the Year in 2006. "Has anyone come forward to say to you, 'Hey, remember I was the one who drove you home?'" Mitchell asked.

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, Mitchell's boss, praised her experience in an interview with the Arizona Republic, calling her an "objective prosecutor" who has a "caring heart" for victims.

After asking questions about Ford's mental illness, texts to reporters and fear of flying, sex-crimes prosecutor Rachel Mitchell appeared to intentionally eviscerate the entire format of the procedure.

Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri said, "I can't imagine doing either a direct examination or a cross-examination in five-minute increments". People think that children would tell right away and that they would tell everything that happened to them.

The Maricopa County Attorney's Office said Mitchell has been "instrumental" in developing protocols for investigating child abuse and sexual assault cases "enhancing the ability for victims to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect while holding offenders accountable".

"It struck me how innocent and vulnerable the victims of these cases really were". And, even with Ms. Mitchell trying to cross-examine her, trying to poke holes in her, trying to show inconsistencies, nothing.

He also noted that she's not a politician and will now be in the spotlight: "It can throw your game off", Romley said.

"I would defer to the chairman but I don't think we would do it on Thursday", Cornyn said. The senators-all of them-simply looked like politicians.

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