GOP bringing in Arizona prosecutor for hearing

GOP bringing in Arizona prosecutor for hearing

GOP bringing in Arizona prosecutor for hearing

Prosecutor Rachel Mitchell had some words of support for a nervous, emotional Christine Blasey Ford, telling her she's "very sorry" that she was afraid.

The historic Senate hearing featuring dueling testimony from U.S. supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and university professor Dr Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who accused him of sexual assault, has arguably left Washington even more bitterly divided than it was before.

But she wasted no time getting into specifics, asking Dr. Ford whether she had anything to drink or was on medication on the night she claims she was sexual assaulted by Kavanaugh.

"Here's the thing, look, I was not in favor of Ms. Mitchell being the one to ask questions, but she was there". Senator Lindsey Graham all but shouted during his statement defending Kavanaugh, violently jabbing his index finger into the air and toward the Democrats. (And toward the end of Ford's testimony, Mitchell spoke openly with Ford about how the hearing and its series of five-minute increments are not the ideal situation for discussing her allegations.) Complainants are asked to repeat themselves, even when it's hard, for the sake of veracity.

"The stairwell", she said.

"The decision to hire Rachel Mitchell to question Christine Blasey Ford is going to go down in history as an incredible blunder by Senate Republicans, and the decision to hold the hearing in this ridiculous 5 minute round format is only going to magnify the effects of the mistake", tweeted Susan Simpson, a DC lawyer and blogger. Dr. Ford got her story out.

In her testimony, Ford said she was "100%" certain that Kavanaugh was the person who committed the early 1980s assault.

Multiple Democrat senators on the Judiciary Committee flattered Ford for having the courage to come forward.

Sex crimes prosecutor to question Kavanaugh... He told reporters Wednesday that he would reserve the right to question Ford during the five-minute period given to him. "She got there, and that is when the blowup happened and she was sacked". "Neither Dr. Blasey Ford nor Judge Kavanaugh is on trial".

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.

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

In any case, it would take a minor political miracle for Kavanaugh to gain a Supreme Court seat after today's hearing - even though it would be better for the country for us to uphold an evidentiary standard without destroying a man's life.

"My expectation of Rachel and again, I'm speculating because I have not talked to her about this, is she wants to find out the truth", she said.

"We have hired a female assistant to go on staff and to ask these questions in a respectful and professional way", he said. An experienced prosecutor, Mitchell does not operate under time constraints when she questions witnesses in a courtroom.

Trump reportedly phoned Kavanaugh ahead of Thursday's hearing and urged him to push back forcefully, and many observers interpreted Kavanaugh's aggressive testimony as intended for the president.

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