GOP-chosen format for Christine Blasey Ford testimony gave advantage to Democrats

Melina Mara  The Washington Post via Getty Images

Melina Mara The Washington Post via Getty Images

Association President Robert Carlson requested the delay in a letter sent to the committee on Thursday evening, the Post reported, after a day of testimony by university professor Christine Blasey Ford who accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her 36 years ago, and by Kavanaugh who denied it. After hearing Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh's testimony, if we're ready to vote, we will vote. 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".

Mitchell is on leave as deputy county attorney in Maricopa County, which includes Phoenix, and is the division chief of the Special Victims Unit, which deals with sex crimes and family violence.

In a 2012 interview with FrontLine magazine, which is associated with the church group Foundations Baptist Fellowship International, Mitchell said she did not initially plan to go into prosecuting sex crimes but was inspired after working with an attorney who prosecuted a youth choir director.

Maricopa County is the same county of Joe Arpaio, the former controversial sheriff who, the Justice Department alleged in 2011, failed to prosecute hundreds of sex crimes during his time in office.

"Very professional, fair, objective and she does have a heart for victims of crime", said Montgomery. "I wanted to let you know: I'm very sorry", she said to Ford, in a honest tone.

The committee recommendation vote was expected to pass on Friday, and the full Senate vote on confirmation could take place as soon as Tuesday. While Thursday's hearing is as partisan and politically charged as Congress gets, Westerhausen said her friend is all legal - not political - in court.

Mitchell was awarded prosecutor of the year by her office in 2006, and has been praised for her caring attitude towards sexual abuse victims.

Mitchell is a registered Republican who has lectured across the USA about sexual assault investigations. If he was drunk, how seriously should we take his claim that all he's guilty of is a drunken come-on, not an attempted rape like Ford says? Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, has limited questions to five minutes per senator, which will cap the overall length of the event. "She has had to make a decision as a prosecutor whether or not those cases can move forward."Senate Judiciary Committee staff contacted Montgomery over the weekend asking about her experience, and Montgomery encouraged the staff and Mitchell to communicate directly, he said".

Republicans hold a narrow 51-49 majority in the Senate, and can only afford one defection in their bid to confirm Kavanaugh, assuming they secure no Democratic votes. In a video posted by Cheddar's Brad Smith, Ford's testimony could be heard across an unusually quiet NYSE floor as traders watched intently. Neither Dr. Blasey Ford nor Judge Kavanaugh is on trial. She has been a prosecutor since 1993.

Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., who is not on the Judiciary Committee, said, "Inadvertently somebody will do something that's insensitive".

"It is going against everything I've seen for 44 years", said Sen. "I'm in no way going to concede or accede my role as a United States senator". Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, said.

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