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Who Is Rachel Mitchell? Republicans Hire Arizona Prosecutor To Question Kavanaugh, Ford

Senate Republicans are bringing Rachel Mitchell to handle questioning about allegations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh at Thursday Sept. 27 2018 Senate Judiciary Committee hearing

"The American people can be confident that Rachel Mitchell's experience as a conscientious prosecutor, trained to seek justice, protect victims, and pursue truth will assist the Senate Judiciary Committee in performing its important task", he said.

In an interview published in 2012 in FrontLine Magazine, the magazine for conservative Christian group Foundations Baptist Fellowship global, Mitchell said she was drawn to fighting sex crimes against children after working with a senior attorney who was assigned a case where the offender was a youth choir director.

Rachel Mitchell, on the right, admitted openly during the hearing that a hearing like this is not the best place to conduct an interview about sexual assault allegations.

"I promised Dr. Ford that I would do everything in my power to avoid a repeat of the "circus" atmosphere in the hearing room that we saw the week of September 4", Grassley said in his Tuesday night statement.

Republicans had Mitchell, an Arizona prosecutor, ask questions to Ford on their behalf.

Chuck Grassley (R-IA), the committee chairman, called on Sen. Her hiring is an apparent effort to counter the optics of having Kavanaugh's accuser face questions from the exclusively male group of Republican senators on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

On Thursday, Republicans will question Christine Blasey Ford on her allegations that Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in the 1980s, and will do so with the choice of directing their questions through a prosecutor, Rachel Mitchell.

Following Ford's hearing, Kavanaugh began his opening statement with a strong denial of the allegation.

Mitchell is now a supervisor, division chief for the Maricopa County Attorney's Office special crimes unit, which prosecutes the physical and sexual abuse of children, child pornography and other sexual assaults.

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

"While some may argue that a different standard should apply regarding the Senate's advice and consent responsibilities, I believe that the Constitution's provisions of fairness and due process apply here as well", Flake said.

"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". Dianne Feinstein, as well as Ford, each senator was given five minutes to ask Ford questions during a round of questioning.

"She's out of her field here", said Rick Romley, a former Maricopa County attorney who was once Mitchell's boss.

One friend, Adela Gildo-Mazzon, said Ford told her in June 2013 that she had nearly been raped when she was much younger by someone who is now a federal judge.

But the majority intends to go forward Thursday, which Grassley attributed in part to a desire not to delay hearing from Ford. One deals with family violence, while the other deals with sex crimes-and the latter was where Mitchell worked for 12 years. "And she will do it with the utmost respect to the committee".

However, she said that "biological predispositions" could have intensified her symptoms, but that she had never experienced anything as "striking" as the alleged assault that would contribute to the symptoms.

Bear in mind as you watch below that Graham has been Kavanaugh's most stalwart defender in the Senate over the past 10 days. "I did not leak her story".