Former prosecutor reveals why GOP senators booted Rachel Mitchell - Kavanaugh was cracking

Hugh Fox
September 28, 2018

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.

The admission came about when Mitchell started questioning Dr. Ford on whether she knew the best ways to interview sexual assault victims. Instead, she was in the unusual and hard position of trying to chip away at Ford's credibility.

In the afternoon, POLITICO reported that Trump allies were "cringing over the decision by Senate Republicans to hire a female prosecutor to question" ford.

Allies of President Donald Trump criticized of Rachel Mitchell's questioning of professor Christine Blasey Ford at Thursday's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. Mitchell succeeded in showing that Ford couldn't remember turning over psychiatric records to The Washington Post, that Democrats had wildly overplayed their hand with regard to Ford's fear of flying, that she couldn't remember much about the night in question. She would ask questions for five minutes and appear to be building toward a point, but her momentum would be broken each time that time expired and Democratic senators got their five-minute turn.

Ford recalled that Kavanaugh and Judge were "extremely inebriated" at the time and had "clearly been drinking prior".

"You said in your letter that you intend to provide a "fair and credible process" that provides Dr. Blasey Ford "fair and respectful treatment, '" Bromwich wrote".

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Senators Lindsey Graham of SC and John Cornyn of Texas sidelined Mitchell and asked their own questions.

One high-profile case Mitchell prosecuted is the sentencing of Paul LeBrun, a former Catholic priest who was accused of molesting six boys in the 1980s and 1990s, to 111 years in prison, according to the Washington Post. "I'm very appreciative that Rachel Mitchell has stepped forward to serve in this important and serious role", Grassley said.

Senator Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) likewise praised Ford for "courage".

"I wanted to let you know: I'm very sorry", she said to Ford, in a honest tone. None of those questions elicited new facts, or successfully cast doubt on Ford's credibility as a witness.

Mitchell "has been recognized in the legal community for her experience and objectivity", committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, a Republican from Iowa, said in a statement Tuesday.

Using an outside counsel to question witnesses as part of a confirmation hearing, even for the Supreme Court, seems most unusual, but senators have made similar moves in recent decades for some of the most sensitive allegations of the last half century.

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The scene repeated itself throughout the day.

"The central point is that there is no precedent for this Committee to bring in outside counsel for the sole objective of shielding the members of the Committee from performing their responsibility to question witnesses", Bromwich said.

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.

"Still taking this one step at a time".

Montgomery said he didn't talk with anyone in Washington about picking Mitchell for the job before that. One of her lawyers, Debra Katz, interjected: "Let me put an end to the mystery. Her lawyers paid for the polygraph".

Mitchell asked Ford the kind of questions you would expect a detective or investigator to ask a complainant (or, if you prefer, a victim) during the course of an investigation.

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