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Rachel Mitchell apologizes to Christine Blasey Ford in Senate hearing

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Christine Blasey Ford and counsel Rachel Mitchell
Christine
Blasey Ford and counsel Rachel Mitchell.

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  • When Christine Blasey Ford delivered her opening
    statement before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday
    describing her allegation that Supreme Court nominee Brett
    Kavanaugh assaulted her, she said she was “terrified.”
  • Independent prosecutor Rachel Mitchell, who the
    Republicans hired to question Ford, apologized for Ford’s
    fear.
  • “The first thing that struck me from your statement
    this morning was that you’re terrified. I just wanted to let
    you know I am very sorry. That’s not right,” Mitchell
    said.


  • Watch live updates of Ford’s
    testimony and the entire hearing here.

When Christine Blasey Ford
delivered an emotional opening statement
accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually
assaulting her in high school before the Senate Judiciary
Committee on Thursday, she expressed how frightened she was to
come forward.

“I am here today not because I want to be. I am terrified,” she
said. “I am here because I believe it is my civic duty.”

Before independent counsel Rachel Mitchell began
questioning Ford, she first apologized for her “terror” in
delivering the remarks.

“Good morning Dr. Ford, we haven’t met, but I’m Rachel Mitchell,”
she said. “The first thing
that struck me from your statement this morning was that you’re
terrified. I just wanted to let you know I am very sorry. That’s
not right.”

Mitchell, an experienced sex crimes prosecutor from the special
victims unit in the Maricopa, Arizona district attorney’s office,
has been hired by the Senate
Judiciary Committee
as an independent counsel to question
Ford. Republican members of the committee are yielding their
allotted time to her to ask their questions.

Ford is testifying as part of the process to confirm Kavanaugh as
a US Supreme Court justice. She alleges that a drunken 17-year
old Kavanaugh pushed her onto a bed and attempted to rape her
during a 1982 house party in suburban Maryland when she was 15.

Watch the full exchange below:

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