GOP’s ‘Female Assistant’ Rachel Mitchell Pokes Holes in Her Own Cross-Examination

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And I don't think Rachel will do that. "The system failed me at the time".

Maricopa County attorney Bill Montgomery told the Arizona Republic that Judiciary Committee staffers contacted him about Mitchell over the weekend and commended his deputy, referring to her as a "professional, fair, objective prosecutor".

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

She'll be in the pivotal role of representing the 11 Republican - and male - members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, who selected Mitchell in part to avoid the appearance of an all-male GOP bloc scrutinizing Ford's allegations. "I don't think she understands what she's going to be up against".

"Even with Ms. Mitchell trying to cross examine her, trying to poke holes in her, trying to show inconsistencies-nothing, zero, they poked no holes that mattered", she said.

Her work has earned her numerous awards in her state, including in 2003 when she was recognized as the "Outstanding Arizona Sexual Assault Prosecutor of the Year" by her state's governor and attorney general. "If we aren't ready, we won't", Grassley said late Tuesday.

Mitchell gained prominence during the sexual abuse scandal that engulfed the Phoenix Diocese of the Roman Catholic Church more than a decade ago and continues to simmer. He received a 30-year prison sentence with lifetime probation.

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? "I have never seen her try to attack a witness by becoming super aggressive". And the Associated Press, in 2011, reported that there had been some tension between the two agencies and that from 2004-2007, the Maricopa County Attorney's Office reported hundreds of alleged sex crimes to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Department for investigation-and they were poorly investigated.

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Barry Aarons, who sits on the Maricopa County Commission on trial court appointments, recalled that her application was "exceptionally strong".

The hearing focused on Ford's allegation that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in the early 1980s. One congressional source told The Daily Wire that while Mitchell had acquitted herself well during the Ford question, "We really needed some more passion on the Republican side". Mitchell has worked as a prosecutor since 1993, specializing in prosecuting high-profile local sex crime cases.

"We want this hearing to be handled very professionally, not a political sideshow".

As well, the three witnesses whom Ford claims were present at the house have denied all knowledge of her claims under penalty of purjury - not to mention Kavanaugh's forceful and often emotional denial in testimony, which stunned observers coming from the normally mild-mannered federal judge. "But that's not what is happening".

Mitchell said she had been drawn to prosecuting sex crimes after a stint working as a law clerk for an attorney on a case involving a youth choir director.

"It intrigued me", Mitchell said.

"Rachel is someone who is very familiar with cases of delayed disclosure", Gellman said.