Prosecutor Rachel Mitchell was hired by the Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee to come in and ask questions of Christine Blasey Ford on Thursday, giving the all-male panel a chance to avoid the inevitable criticism coming from the left. Whether that gambit worked or not is up for debate – the left-wing media still managed to make plenty of hay out of the fact that the GOP senators simply sat there letting this woman do their dirty work – but that was the idea. In any event, Mitchell did a fine job in her role and, given her expertise as a sex-crimes prosecutor, was probably the right woman for the day.
But what’s interesting is that Mitchell has written a letter to the Republicans in the Senate, telling them that if someone brought the Ford/Kavanaugh case to her as a prosecutor, there was no way she would move forward with the case. She told the Republicans that it was a classic case of “he said, she said,” and that, given some inconsistencies in Ford’s testimony, it was actually “even weaker than that.”
She told the senators that while it was not unusual for an accuser to have trouble pinpointing an exact time and date, Ford’s inability to even say for certain the year this attack occurred was cause for doubt.
“While it is common for victims to be uncertain about dates,” she wrote, “Dr. Ford failed to explain how she was suddenly able to narrow the timeframe to a particular season and particular year.”
Ford, in her testimony, claimed that the attack happened in the summer of 1982. But in her previous letter to Congress, she was able to get no more specific than to say it happened at some point in the early 1980s.
Mitchell said it was also troubling that Ford is only now able to name Kavanaugh as her attacker. While there is reason to believe that she told her therapist in 2012 that she was assaulted by someone when she was a teenager, there are no records to indicate that she named him as Brett Kavanaugh or pointed to the fact that he was a high-profile judge in Washington, D.C. Her husband says otherwise, but what else is he going to say?
Obviously, the Senate will not be voting on whether or not to put Kavanaugh in prison or whether to refer his case to criminal prosecutors at the Department of Justice. Even so, Mitchell’s letter solidifies the fact that Ford’s accusation is uncorroborated and subject to reasonable doubt. We dare say it even fails the “preponderance of the evidence” test used in civil litigation. There is literally no contemporaneous evidence to support her claim. And unless the FBI uncovers a bombshell over the next couple of days, the Senate should move forward to confirm this man without any misgivings and without any further delay.