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Kavanaugh facing prosecutor said to be unbound by politics

27 September 2018

Senate Republicans are bringing Rachel Mitchell to handle questioning about allegations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh at Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018 Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.

Kavanaugh has denied any wrongdoing.

Politico congressional reporter Burgess Everett reported the summary from the Judiciary Committee, which stated: "Committee staff have a second interview with a man who believes he, not Judge Kavanaugh, had the encounter with Dr. Ford in the summer of 1982 that is the basis of her allegation. There is no reason to delay the hearing any further". "We can no longer stand in the way of him presenting his testimony before the committee". She said at the beginning of her testimony, when asked if she would need a break after her opening remarks, that she might need some coffee.

"Committee rules normally require 3 days notice so we're following regular order".

"Of course it is, because we're talking about an incident that may have occurred when he was in high school, so knowing what his high school experience was, what he did, what he said, the lifestyle at that moment in time is totally relevant to whether or not this might have occurred", said Durbin.

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Cornyn said all Democratic members of the committee - Sens.

"The right thing to do is to listen to Ms. Ford on Thursday and let the process go forward", Cornyn said.

"She is a widely recognized expert on the investigation and prosecution of sex crimes, and has frequently served as a speaker and instructor on the subject", Grassley said. "I want to be perfectly clear about what has taken place". Turns out, it matters that Judiciary Committee Republicans had no women in their own ranks to interrogate Ford, while Democrats had several, including Feinstein.

In 2011, Mitchell was criticized over what the Phoenix New Times newspaper called a "slap-on-the-wrist" plea deal for an elder in the Jehovah's Witness church who had abused a Phoenix teenager.

The allegations by Ford, who went public with her claims on September 16, have caused cracks in what initially appeared to be a smooth path to confirmation for Kavanaugh. Mitchell will speak for five minutes for each Republican senator, but will alternate with Democrats. "The Republican senators for a variety of reasons have decided otherwise", Durbin told "CBS This Morning" in advance of Thursday's hearing.

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"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. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) told reporters.

Additionally, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell took to the floor on Monday to make forceful remarks in support of Kavanaugh.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) retorted that McConnell owed Ford an apology for asserting that the Democrats' use of the women's accusations was a smear campaign.

Fox News' Chad Pergram, Mike Emanuel, and Jason Donner and the Associated Press contributed to this Fox News piece, which is used by permission. Conversely, Robert Bork received an unfavorable recognition from the committee in 1987, though his nomination was rejected by the full Senate.

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Kavanaugh facing prosecutor said to be unbound by politics