Published: Fri, September 28, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

How Rachel Mitchell Interviewed Christine Blasey Ford During Senate Testimony

How Rachel Mitchell Interviewed Christine Blasey Ford During Senate Testimony

He said he knew Mitchell, the prosecutor tapped to interview Blasey, and called her a honest and serious person.

Mitchell, who is asking questions for Republicans on the committee, asked: "Would you believe me if I told you that there's no study that says that this setting in 5-minute increments is the best way" to question someone about a sexual assault?

In a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Thursday, Rachel Mitchell, and not the Republican committee members, all of whom are male, will question Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused him of sexually assaulting her in high school.

Mitchell, who works in the Maricopa County Attorney's Office in Phoenix, is chief of the Special Victims Division and serves as deputy county attorney, and was brought in by the Senate Judiciary Committee to question Ford and Kavanaugh.

Mitchell questioned Ford about her fear of flying, gaps in her memory not only around the time of the alleged incident, but also in more recent episodes, and about her decision to take a polygraph test. That continued Thursday, as women and men across the country watched and listened to the testimony and shared their own stories. "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.

"Let's make sure we're on the same page, were you not able to hear the conversation or not able to understand the conversation?" she asked Dr. Ford at one point.

"The stairwell", she said.

"I was panicking because the timeline was short for the decision", Ford said.

His aides would later clarify that the 84-year-old calls many people attractive, but Hatch had proved his own point: He waded into things and it got more hard, forcing staffers to try to explain that he wasn't being sexist.

And isn't that what the Democrats said they wanted in the first place, the opportunity for Ford to tell her story so that the public could judge her credibility?

Ford, a woman who has never testified before Congress, came across as poised, likable, and, above all, credible.

The tenor of the questions suggested that Mitchell was trying, if gently, to question the reliability of Ford's recollections and portray Ford as a pawn of Democrats who are out to stop Kavanaugh at any cost.

The five-minute questioning was "a little awkward", he added.

"We're going to take this step by step and you'll have to ask me that question Thursday night", he said.

Ford impressed even Republicans in that format.

In the days since Christine Blasey Ford's allegations were first publicized, there's been a renewed conversation about acceptable behavior, with Americans reexamining episodes from their past.

Bromwich also requested the identity and resume of the outside counsel who has been hired and asked to meet with her Tuesday. They repeated this during the hearings with Kavanaugh as well.

"My expectation of Rachel and again, I'm speculating because I have not talked to her about this, is she wants to find out the truth", she said.

Ford recalled that Kavanaugh and Judge were "extremely inebriated" at the time and had "clearly been drinking prior".

One Democratic senator, a former prosecutor who is not on the committee, said Mitchell had a "tough job".

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