Prosecutor GOP Hired to Question Christine Ford Criticized for ‘Political’ Assessment of Testimony

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 27: Dr. Christine Blasey Ford at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, on Capitol Hill September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. A professor at Palo Alto University and a research psychologist at the Stanford University School of Medicine, Ford has accused Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her during a party in 1982 when they were high school students in suburban Maryland.

Senate Republicans on the Judiciary Committee, eager to avoid the optics of “old, white men” questioning Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, hired veteran sex crimes prosecutor Rachel Mitchell to question Ford for them on Thursday about her claim against Brett Kavanaugh.

Mitchell has now written a 5-page memo explaining why she does not think a “reasonable prosecutor” would bring this case. These words just about echoed those fired FBI Director’s James Comey‘s uttered when he said “no reasonable prosecutor” would bring a case against Hillary Clinton.

“A ‘he said, she said’ case is incredibly difficult to prove. But this case is even weaker than that. Dr. Ford identified other witnesses to the event, and those witnesses either refuted her allegations or failed to corroborate them,” she concluded. “For the reasons discussed below, I do not think that a reasonable prosecutor would bring this case based on the evidence before the Committee. Nor do I believe that the evidence is sufficient to satisfy the proponderance-of-evidence standard.”

Mitchell went on to say that Ford’s testimony was not consistent, that she has “struggled to identify” Kavanaugh by name, that she has “no memory of key details” from the night the alleged assault occurred and that she has not corroborated her claim.

Mitchell, a registered Republican, was criticized on Twitter for making a “political” statement on behalf of Senate Republicans. Mitchell was called anything from a “partisan hired gun” to a “defense attorney for Brett Kavanaugh.”

Another said that Mitchell is “not very good at propaganda,” pointing out that there was a key moment during the hearing where Mitchell did not ask Kavanaugh about a July 1, 1982 party he seems to have attended. Names of two men (Mark Judge and PJ Smyth) Ford named as present when the alleged attack against her occurred were on the calendar Kavanaugh kept, but he was not asked about that.

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Matt Naham is managing editor of Law&Crime. He formerly worked as news editor and weekend editor at Rare.

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