Who is Rachel Mitchell, the prosecutor questioning Ford and Kavanaugh?

Maricopa County sex crimes prosecutor Rachel Mitchell will question Christine Blasey Ford when she testifies against Brett Kavanaugh

Mitchell was not able to shake Blasey Ford, Rocah said.

During Thursday's historic hearing, Ford offered emotional testimony about her allegation that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh groped and attempted to rape her in high school.

Blasey has appealed for a full FBI investigation into her sexual assault accusation before testifying before the committee, a request that a number of Senate Democrats support.

Senator Lindsey Graham listens to the testimony of Ford. "The majority members have followed the bipartisan recommendation to hire as staff counsel for the committee an experienced career sex-crimes prosecutor to question the witnesses", said Sen.

In discussion with Chris Hayes on MSNBC, former assistant US attorney Mimi Rocah weighed in on the shamelessness of Republicans ditching their own strategy to go after Ford when it started blowing up in their faces.

She is among a small number of prosecutors nationwide who deeply understands working with sexual abuse victims, so it isn't surprising her name popped up in connection with the Kavanaugh hearing, he said.

"You said in your letter that you intend to provide a "fair and credible process" that provides Dr. Blasey Ford "fair and respectful treatment, '" Bromwich wrote". Republicans will refuse, following up an opening statement by Dr. Ford.

He added, "As I have said, I'm committed to providing a forum to both Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh on Thursday that is safe, comfortable and dignified".

"She didn't even attempt to poke holes in the many inconsistencies in Ford's story", a Republican strategist close to the White House told Business Insider.

The Washington Post described Ford's words as echoing across the country everywhere from a senior center in Florida to a coffee shop in Milwaukee.

Nannetti told the newspaper Mitchell determined which cases could still be prosecuted and later conducted training for the sheriff's office to avoid it happening again. He told reporters Wednesday that he would reserve the right to question Ford during the five-minute period given to him.

Grassley said that Mitchell has experience and objectivity and will treat the witnesses fairly and respectfully. They should have asked her whether she could lock down location or date - something that could help them corroborate her statements.

When Mitchell asked why the polygraph was done near a Washington-area airport, Ford replied that it was to accommodate her as she headed to her grandmother's funeral. 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 plans to hold a committee vote on Kavanaugh at 9:30 a.m. Friday, the day after the hearing. And she's the one Republicans hired to make them look good!

"When I became an attorney with the office, I prosecuted other kinds of cases, but I was drawn back to this area", Mitchell said in a 2011 interview with FrontLine magazine, a religious publication. That's a deeply risky standard, and it will come back to bite innocent people, whether or not Kavanaugh is innocent of Ford's charges.

"The central point is that there is no precedent for this Committee to bring in outside counsel for the sole goal of shielding the members of the Committee from performing their responsibility to question witnesses", Bromwich said.

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