GOP picks female prosecutor to question Kavanaugh, Ford

Chris Wattie  Reuters

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The questions about the polygraph also illustrated that Mitchell had little time and no prior access to Ford, which might have allowed her to avoid asking questions where the answers hardly undermined Ford as a witness.

Senators have said they want to hear from Ford, who has declined as of yet to provide the Judiciary Committee with written testimony, which comes under the penalty of perjury if found to be false, in contrast to Kavanaugh and the three others who have disputed Ford's claim.

Republicans hold a narrow 51-49 majority in the Senate, and can only afford one defection in their bid to confirm Kavanaugh, assuming they secure no Democratic votes.

U.S Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh/PBS screenshot.

Rocah began by saying that, as a fellow prosecutor, she was "embarrassed" by Rachel Mitchell, ostensibly an advocate for sexual assault victims at her office in Phoenix, being willing to "partake in this sham".

The Post spoke with Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, who said that Mitchell's career is marked by 26 years working for the county attorney's office. In the courtroom, representing victims, she has done outstanding work, he said. Flake said. "More time, more ludicrous allegations".

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Mitchell, called in to take over for the 11 Republicans - all men - on the committee, opened by apologizing to Ford, who has accused Kavanaugh of sexually molesting her at a high school party 36 years ago.

The outside prosecutor who was hired by Senate Republicans to question Supreme Court nominee Brett Ford and his accuser Christine Blasey Ford has said she would not charge Kavanaugh if it were a criminal complaint in her jurisdiction.

Koegler said Ford identified the person who assaulted her as Kavanaugh in June, when Kavanaugh was considered a leading contender to replace retiring Justice Anthony M. Kennedy.

Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri said, "I can't imagine doing either a direct examination or a cross-examination in five-minute increments".

"It's a recipe for disaster", Romley said. "It's a disgusting format for an experienced attorney to be broken up every five minutes, before you can even get to your point".

Christine Blasey Ford, a Democrat, alleged that Kavanaugh drunkenly groped her and tried to remove her clothes when they were teenagers.

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Asked how certain she was that Kavanaugh was her attacker, she declared, "100 per cent".

"She is a widely recognized expert on the investigation and prosecution of sex crimes and has frequently served as a speaker and instructor on the subject". She grilled Ford on her fear of flying, trying to point out that although Ford had not wanted to fly to Washington, D.C., for questioning, she would take airplanes for vacations. He added, "So we just decided that we were going to ask questions". John Cornyn (Texas) on Friday sent a news release referring to Mitchell's conclusion, USA Today said. "She was put in a completely unfamiliar role, sort of backwards".

"I have a hard time believing any person would continue to go to - according to the affidavit - ten parties over a two-year period where women were routinely gang raped and not report it", he added.

Mitchell questioned Kavanaugh briefly, in a way that seemed for show more than anything. It was different than anything that I would have ever imagined it being. Republicans will refuse, following up an opening statement by Dr. Ford.

Then, Republican senators started taking over their five-minute allotments, and all hell broke loose. That was far from what happened in the committee hearing. "I will have to listen to the testimony before I make up my mind about the testimony".

Compared to that scene, Mitchell did the Republicans a great service.

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Montgomery says Mitchell's role will be to test the legitimacy of Ford's allegations.

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