The nagging question about who is going to question President Donald Trump‘s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, has been answered. LMT Online has verified that Arizona prosecutor Rachel Mitchell will conduct the questioning of both Kavanaugh and the lady claiming that, in the 1980’s, the nominee sexually assaulted her at a drunken party.
The choice is appropriate since Mitchell is “the sex crimes bureau chief for the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office in Phoenix.” The Senate Judiciary Committee will question the pair on Thursday, so Mitchell’s 26 years of experience and expertise could eliminate a lot of lies and blurry memories.
This was, as some pundits see it, a wise move on the part of the G.O.P. Since the accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, will be asked questions which “are expected to be personal and potentially painful questions about the woman’s youth on live television,” it won’t be what the left could call “an evil man” asking them.
Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) admitted this and said, “Inadvertently somebody will do something that’s insensitive. I would not be wanting to ask questions about something like this.”
It can be imagined that the “male panel of 11 Republican senators on the committee” was quite relieved with the hire. ” 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 at Thursday’s hearing,” explained Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley.
He further clarified that this takes the attention away from all matters of so-called sexism. “The goal is to de-politicize the process and get to the truth, instead of grandstanding and giving senators an opportunity to launch their presidential campaigns,” Grassley added. “I’m very appreciative that Rachel Mitchell has stepped forward to serve in this important and serious role.”
The division that Mitchell leads on a day to day basis, though not as hyped in the news, is not all that different from what she will be experiencing on Thursday. It oversees cases that deal “with family violence, physical and sexual abuse of children, and sex offenses, including sex assault cases.”
Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said that Mitchell oversees about 40 people, and most importantly for this case, “has a long history of investigating years-old sex crimes and allegations that are difficult to corroborate, including in her role re-examining hundreds of cases that were unresolved and inadequately investigated by the sheriff’s office.”
“Over the course of Rachel’s career, she has dealt with victims in this very circumstance of delayed disclosure and circumstances where allegations were difficult to corroborate,” said Montgomery. “She has had to make a decision as a prosecutor whether or not those cases can move forward.”