When Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused the supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, testifies before the Senate judiciary committee on Thursday, she won't be interviewed by Republican senators. As for her questioning of Kavanaugh, there barely was any, because the 11 male Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee no longer needed the veneer of equity that Mitchell's female face - imagine! a group of male senators questioning a woman's story of sexual assault or harassment - provided them during Ford's testimony.
"Would you believe me if I told you that there's no study that says this setting, in five minute increments, is the best way to [interview victims of trauma]?" asked Mitchell, using the question to make a larger point.
She can tell everyone definitively that Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her, but she doesn't know when, where, who took her there or picked her up (she was 15), or pretty much anything of significance. Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery told the Post that Mitchell has a long history of investigating long-ago sex crimes and allegations that are hard to corroborate.
"This format has been disgusting", Romley said.
Mitchell will question Ford and Kavanaugh for Republican senators, while Democratic senators have chosen to question the pair themselves. She is the deputy county attorney for the Maricopa County Attorney's Office and chief of the Special Victims Division, two positions from which she is now on leave, Grassley said.
Since Ford came forward, allegations from two other women have emerged, but Republicans have not announced any plans to focus Thursday's session on those claims.
Ford, a California-based university professor, alleges that in the early 1980s, Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed at a house party, groped her and attempted to remove her clothes, while putting his hand over her mouth to stifle her screams. You'll never have a gotcha moment where there's a big surprise. Then they should have asked specific questions created to elicit the fact that Ford has provided no corroborating evidence.
"Her questioning has been professional and level", said Senator Chris Coons, a committee Democrat.
"What are the facts here, asking questions that will elicit facts and help people understand what's going on", explained Montgomery. "She was put in a completely unfamiliar role, sort of backwards".
One of her lawyers, Debra Katz, interjected, "Let me put an end to the mystery". After drinking, had he ever woken in a different place than the one he fell asleep in, or had he ever woken up with his clothes in a different condition? No, Kavanaugh dutifully answered, over and over.
That changed when it was time for Kavanaugh to testify. 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.
The Washington Post described Ford's words as echoing across the country everywhere from a senior center in Florida to a coffee shop in Milwaukee.
"They might've said, you're part of a conspiracy", he added. "I think she'll perform to her ability and will do so well".