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Mitchell releases new memo, says Ford case ‘weaker’ than ‘he said, she said’ and she wouldn’t bring charges

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The Arizona sex-crimes prosecutor Rachel Mitchell said in a memo to Republican senators that was released late Sunday if the case was presented to her, she would not file criminal charges against Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

“I do not think that a reasonable prosecutor would bring this case based on the evidence before the Committee,” Mitchell wrote.

Mitchell found herself at the center of a major political storm last week when she was tapped to question Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who claimed Kavanaugh assaulted her 36 years ago in high school — four people that Ford placed at the alleged party have disputed her accusations.

The prosecutor pointed to inconsistencies in Ford’s testimony, saying the case was weaker that “he said, she said,” Fox News reported.

“A ‘he said, she said’ case is incredibly difficult to prove. But this case is even weaker than that,” Mitchell concluded.

Among the inconsistencies noted from Ford was the inability to identify when the alleged incident took place — she gave several different date ranges.

“While it is common for victims to be uncertain about dates, Dr. Ford failed to explain how she was suddenly able to narrow the timeframe to a particular season and particular year,” Mitchell wrote.

Anther inconsistency was Ford’s history of not naming Kavanaugh as her attacker, she added.

Mitchell said Kavanaugh’s name was not in notes from Ford’s 2012 marriage therapy or her individual therapy in 2013, according to Fox News.

She noted other glaring problems, such as Ford not being able to remember the house where she said she was attacked, or recall how she got to the party or back home.

Hired by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, Mitchell’s job was to “de-politicize the process and get to the truth, instead of grandstanding and giving senators an opportunity to launch their presidential campaigns.”

(See Democratic Sens. Cory Booker and Kamala Harris.)

With Senate Democrats looking to play on Ford’s emotion, hoping for a screaming headline on how the alleged victim was being treated, Grassley may have been wise to bring in Mitchell to provide a hearing that “is safe, comfortable and dignified.”

Although, not everyone held that opinion.

Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz, who was skeptical of the decision going in, was especially critical, insisting Mitchell was “totally and completely incompetent” in questioning Ford.

Tom Tillison


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