Senate GOP Hires Woman to Question Ford, Kavanaugh

Senate GOP Hires Woman to Question Ford, Kavanaugh

Fox News host Chris Wallace summed up his views of the performance by Rachel Mitchell, the GOP's chosen "prosecutor" of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's accuser at Thursday's Senate hearing, with a single word: "Pointless".

That's also politically smart: Republicans can now at least nominally claim belief in Ford as a victim-and explain why so many people are finding and describing her as credible-without conceding that Kavanaugh did it.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley said he "is committed to providing a forum to both Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh on Thursday that is safe, comfortable and dignified".

The hearing is set for 10 am ET, wherein Ford will speak publicly about her allegation of sexual assault against the Supreme Court nominee.

Rachel Mitchell served as sex crimes prosecutor in Maricopa County, the same county where Joe Arpaio was elected sheriff.

The Associated Press reports that Mitchell in 2014 prosecuted the case of a former church volunteer in Scottsdale, Ariz. who molested children he supervised as a church babysitter and camp counselor over a period of seven years.

Who suggested she take a polygraph? (They're working for free.) Did she tell Sen.

Mitchell has not responded to requests for comment sent through the county attorney's office. And they specifically looked for a woman to question Ford. But Republicans have not announced any plans to focus Thursday's session on those claims.

Kavanaugh has repeatedly denied the accusation.

"It's a recipe for disaster", Romley said. The third woman, Julie Swetnick, said in a sworn affidavit released Wednesday that Kavanaugh was "present" at a party in 1982 where she said she was gang raped.

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, Mitchell's current boss, doesn't share those concerns. "This is a different setting". And the Associated Press, in 2011, reported that there had been some tension between the two agencies and that from 2004-2007, the Maricopa County Attorney's Office reported hundreds of alleged sex crimes to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Department for investigation-and they were poorly investigated. But this is exactly what sex-crime detectives have to do in the process of getting to the truth.

Montgomery said he wasn't shocked when he got a call Saturday from two Judiciary Committee staffers inquiring about Mitchell's background, availability and qualifications.

Hatch has been a strong defender of Kavanaugh and has scowled off and on as the hearing has gone on.

Mitchell, a criminal prosecutor from Phoenix, kept that measured tone throughout: Quiet, respectful, letting her self be interrupted, in essence a "good cop" persona. She studied law at Arizona State University, passing the bar in 1992, and since 1993 has worked as a prosecutor.

One Democratic senator, a former prosecutor who is not on the committee, said Mitchell had a "tough job".

Last year, the county attorney's office introduced a sex crimes protocol - the first in its history.

Mitchell told New Times one of the incidents of sex abuse would be hard to prove in court because the victim could not narrow down a specific date for when it occurred. "Ms. Mitchell has been recognized in the legal community for her experience and objectivity".



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