Published: Sun, September 30, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Prosecutor picked to question Kavanaugh, accuser called fair

Prosecutor picked to question Kavanaugh, accuser called fair

President Donald Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other Republicans have cast Ford's allegation as part of a Democratic smear campaign meant to thwart Kavanaugh's confirmation. She speaks nationally and trains detectives and social workers how to ask sensitive questions of sexual assault victims and those who commit such crimes.

On Ford's portion of the hearing, a Republican Senate aide said it didn't present any "big surprises", though it provided a "big emotional boost for Democrats".

The push for Kavanaugh did not go over well with many Twitter users. She supervises attorneys who handle cases involving child molestation, sexual assault and computer crimes against children in Arizona's most populous county. He says he was contacted by staff members of the Judiciary Committee over the weekend about Mitchell's qualifications.

All eyes nationwide will be on the Kavanaugh, Ford hearing Thursday, and at center stage in the midst of the brightest spotlight, is the calmest prosecutor that Cindy Nanetti knows.

Hours earlier, Mitchell opened her questioning of Ford by expressing sympathy for the professor, who said she was "terrified" to testify.

"The whole point is to create an environment where it's what Doctor Ford has asked for, to be professional and to not be a circus", said Grassley.

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Grassley also rescheduled the committee vote on Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court for September 28, citing the normal procedures for the committee. While she stuck to a prosecutorial line of questions, Democrats used their five-minute allotments to screech partisan rhetoric. "In particular, Mitchell has for many years instructed detectives, prosecutors, child-protection workers, and social workers on the best practices for forensic interviews of victims of sex crimes", the statement said, noting Mitchell has received multiple awards for her work. "I don't think she's going to have any issue with the arena that she finds herself in".

Two other women have also come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh since Christine Blasey Ford first claimed the judge pinned her to a bed, covered her mouth and tried to remove her clothes when they were both in high school in the 1980s. "I would not be wanting to ask questions about something like this".

The questions about the polygraph also illustrated that Mitchell had little time and no prior access to Ford, which might have allowed her to avoid asking questions where the answers hardly undermined Ford as a witness.

"I'm committed to providing a forum to both Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh on Thursday that is safe, comfortable and dignified". Patrick Leahy, a Democratic member of the committee, said the appointment "is going against everything I've seen for 44 years", while Blumenthal wondered why Republicans were "hiding from their roles as members of the judiciary committee".

The questioning moved on to Senator Dianne Feinstein.

Mitchell has trained others on how to make effective use of children who are victims of abuse.

Mitchell asked Ford the kind of questions you would expect a detective or investigator to ask a complainant (or, if you prefer, a victim) during the course of an investigation.

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