Kavanaugh facing prosecutor said to be unbound by politics

Geneva Stokes
September 28, 2018

"I think that the staff of Dianne Feinstein's office" suggested some people, including one of the lawyers she hired, Debra Katz, Ford said.

"Would you believe me if I told you that there's no study that says this setting, in five-minute increments, is the best way to do that", Mitchell asked Ford.

Though Kavanaugh and Ford are the only witnesses slated for questioning, Ford's lawyers have sent the committee sworn declarations from four people who say she talked to them about the alleged assault.

Bringing in Mitchell is "a transparently clumsy attempt to avoid the visual of a panel of all-male Republican Judiciary Committee members grilling a survivor about her sexual assault allegations", said Michael Polenberg, vice president of government affairs for Safe Horizons, a victims' advocacy organization in NY. Senator Lindsey Graham all but shouted during his statement defending Kavanaugh, violently jabbing his index finger into the air and toward the Democrats.

Rachel Mitchell of Maricopa County, Arizona, has been tapped to question Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, according to the Washington Post, the Arizona Republic and a press release. She claims to have walked out of the bathroom where she hid after escaping from Kavanaugh and friend Mark Judge's clutches, rushing out to the street upon hearing the pair go back downstairs to a living room from the bedroom where they assaulted her. As the Post points out, the hearing has especially resonated with victims of sexual assault - one of whom, a 76-year-old woman, was inspired to share her story with C-SPAN during one of the hearing's breaks.

Ford, a university professor in California, has accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in 1982 when both were students at a private high school in Bethesda, Maryland, a suburb of Washington.

On Ford's portion of the hearing, a Republican Senate aide said it didn't present any "big surprises", though it provided a "big emotional boost for Democrats". Dr. Ford got her story out.

"I'm committed to providing a forum to both Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh on Thursday that is safe, comfortable and dignified", Grassley said.

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Nannetti told the newspaper Mitchell determined which cases could still be prosecuted and later conducted training for the sheriff's office to avoid it happening again.

"I'm just using memories of when I got my driver's license", Ford said.

"I think this was the wrong assignment at the wrong time for her", Romley said.

That didn't happen. Instead, Mitchell asked questions to which she didn't already have the answers, or questions that did not seem important or even relevant. "Ms. Mitchell has been recognized in the legal community for her experience and objectivity", Judiciary Chairman Charles E. Grassley said in a statement announcing the hire.

Montgomery said he didn't talk with anyone in Washington about picking Mitchell for the job before that. 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.

The Republican senators yielded their time to Mitchell, a sex crimes prosecutor.

However, GOP lawmakers sounded more bullish about Kavanaugh's chances on Tuesday, with some discussing keeping the Senate in session this weekend so that they can begin the process of confirming Kavanaugh right away.

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