Meet the Republican female prosecutor who will question Kavanaugh, accuser

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"Would you believe me if I told you that there is no study that says that this setting in five-minute increments is the best way to do that?" she asked, prompting some laughter.

Rachel Mitchell was the woman hand-picked by Senate Republicans to question Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.

How Ford got home after she claims to have fled the high school gathering, where, she alleges, a 17-year-old Brett Kavanaugh groped her before she managed to escape, remains an unexplained area of Ford's accusation. Senators like Sheldon Whitehouse and Mazie Hirono used their time to listen to themselves blathering.

What went wrong? How did a sex crimes prosecutor end up as a poor facade for fairness for Republican senators hell bent on confirming Kavanaugh and insisting on his innocence?

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.

Christine Blasey Ford's allegation that Kavanaugh drunkenly assaulted her when they were teenagers has raised a political storm in the #MeToo era, and the GOP's all-male presence on the panel made some want a woman to question Ford.

Another friend, Keith Koegler, said that in 2016, he and Ford were discussing the light sentence given to Stanford swimmer Brock Turner for an attempted rape. "Yet earlier today the Majority Leader dismissed Dr. Ford's experience as a 'smear campaign, ' claiming mistakenly that the witnesses" statements to the Committee constitute 'a complete lack of evidence, ' implying that there has been a thorough investigation.

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?

Since Ford came forward, allegations from two other women have emerged. She would ask questions for five minutes and appear to be building toward a point, but her momentum would be broken each time that time expired and Democratic senators got their five-minute turn.

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She reached an agreement Sunday with the Judiciary Committee. "Thus far, we have not heard back", Foy said. It's rare for nominees to the Supreme Court to give any interviews at all.

Later, Mitchell pressed Ford repeatedly to reveal who paid for a polygraph exam that Ford took in the late summer.

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.

"I think this was the wrong assignment at the wrong time for her", Romley said. "She got there, and that is when the blowup happened and she was sacked".

"We can stipulate to that", one of Ford's lawyers said. But in the Senate hearing room, Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley cut in to say her time was up and it was now the Democrats' turn to ask questions.

Ahead of the hearing, there was uncertainty over whether Cornyn would question Ford directly.

On Wednesday, Donald Trump had not ruled out withdrawing Kavanaugh's nomination, pending the outcome of Thursday's hearing.

Arizona defense attorney David Michael Cantor said the choice of a longtime sex-crimes prosecutor to question Kavanaugh and his accuser was "ironic".

"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. 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.