Why GOP Senators Benched Sex Crimes Prosecutor Rachel Mitchell In Kavanaugh Hearing

Why GOP Senators Benched Sex Crimes Prosecutor Rachel Mitchell In Kavanaugh Hearing

The hearing format was designed by Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee to avoid having to question Ford outright, especially given the party's legacy of presiding over the allegations against then-Justice nominee Clarence Thomas brought by Anita Hill.

"I found no reason to find her not credible." Sen. She did not explain in that prepared statement.

"That's a disaster", one Trump administration official told the publication.

So this time, they didn't call her a liar. To date, Donald Trump and Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley have refused to honor precedent by asking the FBI to investigate the credible allegations of sexual assault against Brett Kavanaugh brought forward by Dr. Blasey Ford, Deborah Ramirez, Julie Swetnick, and other potential survivors. "Basic memory functions", she added.

"I don't doubt that something happened to her", Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, D-Vt., that "indelible in the hippocampus is the laughter", saying she vividly recalls Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge "having fun at my expense" during the alleged incident.

Kavanaugh and Ford, a California psychology professor, will testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Had he ever ground his genitalia against Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, or tried to remove her clothes? According to a person briefed on the meeting, she shared her analysis of the hearing overall, but didn't tell lawmakers how they should vote.

"We should have investigated it", Grassley said before banging his gavel for a short break.

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Mitchell's Thursday performance has the White House anxious.

Other than Grassley, not a single GOP member had said a word into a microphone other than to give their time to Mitchell.

"She's out of her field here", said Rick Romley, a former Maricopa County attorney who was once Mitchell's boss. "And the multiple attempts to escape and the final ability to do so". In a almost 30-minute presentation, Mitchell went over the "facts that were established and not established" and concluded that not only would she not charge Kavanaugh based on the record of evidence from both parties, but would not even pursue a search warrant for the judge, which in virtually all cases would require the standard of probable cause to be met, Politico reported.

"You got what you wanted, and I'd think you'd be satisfied", the chairman shot back. While she stuck to a prosecutorial line of questions, Democrats used their five-minute allotments to screech partisan rhetoric. But during Ford's hearing, Mitchell was asked to challenge issues like repressed memories, or the length of time survivors sometimes wait to report an assault, that are well known to be part of the dynamics of sexual assault.

But throughout her questioning, Mitchell was calm, forgiving, patient, never badgering or bullying Ford. They could have asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation to pursue a more thorough review of Ford's allegation and others regarding Kavanaugh.

Mitchell questioned Kavanaugh briefly, in a way that seemed for show more than anything.

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