GOP Bringing In Arizona Prosecutor For Kavanaugh Hearing

A protester of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh wears a costume from the show The Handmaids Tale and another protester holds up a sign that reads Kavanaugh and GOP Want Women to Shut Up and Take It in Washington Monday Sept. 24 2018

Mitchell was hired by Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee to ask questions to Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford.

Mitchell was hand-picked to lead the questioning of Ford, who has accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault when both were high school students in the posh suburbs of suburban Maryland.

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said Mitchell oversees about 40 to 50 people in the division.

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. "She offered good testimony, and so did he", Flake, who sits on the judiciary committee, said Thursday night before announcing his support.

"These records contain private, highly sensitive information that is not necessary for the Committee to assess the credibility of her testimony", the lawyers said. But Grassley's clumsy interjection was one moment (among many) that showed why bringing in Mitchell was the exact right decision: Because if Thursday's hearing was to be a genuine fact-finding mission, then she was the flawless choice. Each senator will get five minutes to ask questions - and each can hand that duty off to a committee staffer or another senator, if they wish. But Mitchell was aware that things had not gone particularly well. The new policy manual will ensure that prosecutors have a guide "so that we can do the best we can for victims", Mitchell told a local NPR station in January.

Conservatives felt inspired by Kavanaugh's opening statement. Fighting back tears and trying to contain a deep rage, the judge said, "My name and my family have been permanently destroyed by vicious and false additional accusations".

Democrats have also blasted the decision to bring in Mitchell, with one aide to Senator Dianne Feinstein telling prior to the hearing that her presence would "create a trial-like atmosphere".

Mitchell's Thursday performance has the White House anxious. "Person close to Trump says Trump is raging at how bad this has been for Republicans so far".

"Brett is on fire", former Trump campaign official Barry Bennett told Business Insider. Mitchell "formed a multidisciplinary team to develop a victim-centered Sexual Assault Protocol for investigations, forensic medical exams, victim notification and prosecution of sex offenses, according to the Maricopa County Attorney's Office".

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Republicans on the committee expressed doubt about Mitchell's tactics with Ford, Politico reported. She has faced Mitchell, a Republican, as an adversary in more than 30 cases over 20 years. She has been a prosecutor since 1993.

"They clearly are not confident in their ability to get through questioning without creating embarrassing moments for themselves", said Sen.

Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., who is not on the Judiciary Committee, said, "Inadvertently somebody will do something that's insensitive". Senator Lindsey Graham all but shouted during his statement defending Kavanaugh, violently jabbing his index finger into the air and toward the Democrats. He's now accusing Democrats of using the women as part of what he called a "con game" to destroy Kavanaugh.

"What are the facts here, asking questions that will elicit facts and help people understand what's going on", explained Montgomery. She did not become the story. She maintained a professional curiosity, and came across with a great deal of empathy and warmth.

Fox News' Chad Pergram and Gregg Re contributed to this Fox News piece, which is used by permission.

She told the senators that she wouldn't charge the Supreme Court nominee - reportedly also saying she wouldn't seek a search warrant.

Grassley also rescheduled the committee vote on Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court for September 28, citing the normal procedures for the committee.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell referred to her earlier this week as a "female assistant".

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