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Sex crimes prosecutor Rachel Mitchell to question Brett Kavanaugh, Christine Blasey Ford

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  • Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee hired an
    Arizona sex-crimes prosecutor to ask questions on their behalf
    at a scheduled hearing during which Christine Blasey Ford will
    speak publicly about her sexual assault allegations against
    Brett Kavanaugh.
  • Rachel Mitchell, a Maricopa County attorney, will lead
    a round of questioning at the hearing on Thursday.
  • Committee chairman Chuck Grassley initially did not
    reveal Mitchell’s identity Tuesday night, but he changed course
    after some sharp rebukes from Ford’s attorneys and
    others.
  • There were also lingering questions about whether
    Deborah Ramirez, Kavanaugh’s second accuser, would testify.
    Ramirez’s attorney said Republican members of the Judiciary
    Committee were no-shows for a scheduled phone call about that
    on Tuesday.

Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee hired an Arizona
sex-crimes prosecutor to ask questions on their behalf at a
scheduled hearing during which Christine Blasey Ford will speak
about her sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh,
multiple news outlets reported on Tuesday night.

Rachel Mitchell, a Maricopa County attorney, will lead a round of
questioning at the Thursday hearing.

Committee chairman Chuck Grassley initially did not reveal
Mitchell’s identity, but he changed course after some sharp
rebukes from Ford’s attorneys and others.

Ford has accused Kavanaugh of holding her down, fondling her over
her clothes, and covering her mouth so she couldn’t scream when
they were teenagers in the 1980s. Kavanaugh denies the
allegation.

The hearing set for Thursday is happening as Republicans on the
Senate Judiciary Committee clamor to get Kavanaugh confirmed to
the Supreme Court. A vote on that
is scheduled for Friday
.

Additionally, there were lingering questions about whether
Deborah
Ramirez
, Kavanaugh’s second accuser, would testify. Ramirez
says Kavanaugh exposed himself to her while they were students at
Yale, a claim Kavanaugh also denies.

Ramirez’s attorney, John Clune, said that Republican members of
the Judiciary Committee were no-shows for a scheduled phone call
on Tuesday.
Clune told MSNBC
, “They won’t talk to us.”

“The demand that they keep making to us is, ‘Give us every piece
of information that you have now and then we can talk about
scheduling a phone call,'” Clune said.

In an interview with CNN, Clune said a phone call was finally
scheduled for Tuesday night at 7 p.m. ET,
but only the Democrats showed up
. Clune is among those asking
that the FBI open a new investigation into the sexual assault
claims against Kavanaugh.

The wrangling has exasperated some Republicans who are eager to
confirm Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court and notch another victory
for President Donald Trump ahead of the November midterm
elections.

Trump last week indicated he was open to Ford sharing her story
with the lawmakers, but has since turned away from that idea.
This week, Trump has also sought to discredit Ramirez. He’s now
accusing Democrats of using the women as part of what
he called a “con game”
to destroy Kavanaugh.

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