Respected Arizona Prosecutor Chosen To Question Kavanaugh, Ford

Maricopa County sex crimes prosecutor Rachel Mitchell will question Christine Blasey Ford when she testifies against Brett Kavanaugh

Respected Arizona Prosecutor Chosen To Question Kavanaugh, Ford

But Westerhausen, a Democrat, said Mitchell's political affiliation would have no influence on Thursday's hearing.

Mitchell spent 12 years running the Maricopa county division responsible for prosecuting sex crimes.

The woman who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of misconduct admitted to several inconsistencies in her accounts and had trouble remembering key recent events during her testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on September 27.

Since Ford came forward, allegations from two other women have emerged.

Ford had testified that she was not at the hearing because she wanted to be and that she was "terrified", but she believed it was her civic duty to testify about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and her claims that he sexually assaulted her while they were in high school. The Democrats might be genuinely upset that the Republicans abdicated their "responsibility" to question Ford themselves.

Mitchell, a Republican, was expected to question Kavanaugh and the first woman to accuse him of sexual misconduct at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Thursday.

Mitchell was part of the team of prosecutors who pressed cases against Catholic priests in a sex abuse scandal about 15 years ago in Phoenix. "Your reservation is confirmed Rachel Mitchell". "I don't think she's uncredible, I think she's an attractive, good witness".

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

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. "I'm very appreciative that Rachel Mitchell has stepped forward to serve in this important and serious role", Grassley said. He said he knew Mitchell, the prosecutor tapped to interview Blasey, and called her a honest and serious person. "I don't think she'll beat around the bush".

"We can stipulate to that", one of Ford's lawyers said.

It appears as though Mitchell is doing everything in her power to get the truth from Ford without causing too much pain or stress.

Ford's attorney responded to McConnell's comments in his letter to Grassley, calling a previous letter from the committee "difficult to reconcile" with McConnell's Monday speech.

"Her theme is to question her credibility and Dr. Ford is very credible", said Romley, a Republican who opposes President Trump. "Neither Dr. Blasey Ford nor Judge Kavanaugh is on trial". She has been a prosecutor since 1993.

Nanetti was Rachel Mitchell's predecessor, handling sex crimes cases for Maricopa County until 2006.

CNN reported that Mitchell is now on leave from her position as "the deputy county attorney and as the chief of the Special Victims Division" in Maricopa County. She supervises attorneys who handle cases involving child molestation, sexual assault and computer crimes against children in Arizona's most populous county.

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".

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