"I would describe her as a poised and pointed cross-examiner", said Phoenix defense attorney Tracey Westerhausen.
An experienced sex-crimes prosecutor has been tabbed to question Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and a woman who has accused him of sexual assault. She'll be tasked with questioning both Ford and Kavanaugh - Republicans are expected to yield their time to her, though each senator on the committee will have five minutes to ask one round of questions or yield their five minutes to counsel.
But when it came time to question Kavanaugh, who denies the allegation, GOP senators took over from Mitchell in favor of asking their own questions and began to defend the high court nominee.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., changed all that late Thursday afternoon.
Mitchell is a career sex abuse prosecutor chosen to present Republican senators' questions to Ford, a move that appears to be done to avoid the bad optics of the 11 male Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee questioning Ford about sexual assault.
Hatch has been a strong defender of Kavanaugh and has scowled off and on as the hearing has gone on. As the Post points out, the hearing has especially resonated with victims of sexual assault - one of whom, a 76-year-old woman, was inspired to share her story with C-SPAN during one of the hearing's breaks.
Another friend, Keith Koegler, said that in 2016, he and Ford were discussing the light sentence given to Stanford swimmer Brock Turner for an attempted rape. She said, 'You've got this thing on July 1st, Go to Timmy's for 'skis with Judge, the person who was in the allegation, and PJ, who is also in the allegation.' That's a Thursday, in July, of the summer, at a house with Judge and PJ and Brett Kavanaugh, all together, drinking. Her conversations with Ford were coolheaded, clinical, and respectful.
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She further revealed, "My father told the producers that we will leave for the day and asked them to think over the situation". Well, not just that, she made it clear yet again like the other actors how the casting couch works in Bollywood.
Roger Canaff, a former prosecutor specializing in sex crimes, criticized the Senate Judiciary Committee for rushing the process.
Mitchell "has been recognized in the legal community for her experience and objectivity", committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, a Republican from Iowa, said in a statement Tuesday. "Neither Dr. Blasey Ford nor Judge Kavanaugh is on trial".
The five-minute questioning was "a little awkward", he added. Feinstein asked if Ford could be mistaken about what happened to her or the identity of her attacker. And they specifically looked for a woman to question Ford.
Mitchell is a registered Republican, according to the Washington Post. If the Republican senators had cross-examined Ford, they might have grown just as livid as they did during Kavanaugh's hearing, Bender said. They repeated this during the hearings with Kavanaugh as well.
"We as prosecutors can only file cases that we feel there's a reasonable likelihood of conviction and so that is not really her role tomorrow", says Nanetti.
Blasey Ford's attorneys have objected to the use of an outside counsel at Thursday's hearing, saying Ford has repeatedly requested that senators handle the questioning. I mean, I think the biggest one, you know, midway through, was something about whether she had wanted to fly there or not.