Published: Fri, September 28, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Outside attorney walks hard line at Senate's Kavanaugh hearing

Outside attorney walks hard line at Senate's Kavanaugh hearing

With Christine Blasey Ford's testimony over, Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee sidelined the woman they brought in to question Ford about her allegation that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers. Using a map, Mitchell showed that if the party were within one mile of the country club from which Ford claimed she came before the party, it would be between 6.2 and 8.2 miles from her home. The questions led many viewers to wonder how senators got access to the messages, since WhatsApp's encrypted texts are generally only available to their senders and recipients. Washington Post communications director Shani George said in an email to Fast Company that the paper did not provide the messages to the Senate.

The exchange underscored the odd format of the first half of the hearing, in which Mitchell, who normally prosecutes alleged perpetrators instead of defending them, quizzed Ford on behalf of Republicans, who sat silent behind her.

Rachel Mitchell is a prosecutor from Arizona, but she's now on leave.

And she was doing it on behalf of the 11 Republican men on the Senate Judiciary Committee who preferred not to question Ford themselves, and in the glare of television lights and with a strict five-minute time limit that seemed to get in her way repeatedly.

"This is not a criminal trial for which the involvement of an experienced sex crimes prosecutor would be appropriate", the letter from Ford's lawyer, Michael Bromwich, said.

The Associated Press reports that Mitchell in 2014 prosecuted the case of a former church volunteer in Scottsdale, Ariz. who molested children he supervised as a church babysitter and camp counselor over a period of seven years. Ms. Mitchell has been recognized in the legal community for her experience and objectivity.

Democrats argued before the hearing that the move was an attempt by Republicans to prevent a replay of 1991, when a full panel of male members of the Senate Judiciary Committee was seen by critics as bullying Anita Hill, who had accused Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment.

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"Wrote one Twitter user: "'There is a special place in hell for women who don't help other women'". And while that may be cynical way to look at it, the outcome was nonetheless a positive one: Mitchell refrained from repeating some of the worst sins of previous political forays of this sort. She also urged the White House to direct the FBI to investigate Blasey's allegations, as well as sexual misconduct claims brought by a second woman. Ford said that her attorneys may have given the notes to the newspaper. "I don't think she's going to have any issue with the arena that she finds herself in".

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, Mitchell's current boss, doesn't share those concerns.

Roger Canaff, a former prosecutor specializing in sex crimes, criticized the Senate Judiciary Committee for rushing the process.

Democratic committee members, he said, will determine on their own how they will interrogate the two.

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

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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