In Arizona, others in law enforcement circles were unaware of Mitchell's possible involvement but spoke highly of her.
Rachel Mitchell, the veteran sex crimes prosecutor from Arizona, delivered her opinion at an overnight meeting with all 51 Republican senators on Capitol Hill after Thursday's blockbuster hearing, multiple outlets reported.
Mitchell avoided a high-decibel grilling Thursday and instead displayed a considerate, business-like manner befitting an experienced sex crimes prosecutor. Kavanaugh will testify separately on the same day.
In an interview with Frontline magazine in 2011, Mitchell was asked about some of the "common misconceptions" about sexual offenses against children. "That's not right", Mitchell said.
"Rachel is someone who is very familiar with cases of delayed disclosure", Gellman said.
"My former husband had the wealth on his side to hire legal firepower, but the prosecution should have been more thorough", Grossman, now 52 and living with her mother, said of her struggle for justice more than 15 years ago.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell referred to her earlier this week as a "female assistant".
The decision to tap Mitchell comes as Republican senators insist that their committee staffers can handle an investigation that Democrats and Kavanaugh's accusers have said the FBI should be conducting. "I do believe her", he said.
Mitchell should be well placed to understand both the details of Ford's claim and the length of time it has taken her to come forward. We want to understand what we do have, evidentiary-wise. "She doesn't pigeon-hole defendants".
ELIZABETH ORTIZ: She is very methodical.
But Cindi Nannetti, Mitchell's former supervisor, told the Arizona Republic that Mitchell would not pander to the Republicans who appointed her. "As an American, it would make me more comfortable to see her selected".
He helped represent a priest who was prosecuted by Mitchell in 2004 for abusing a boy.
She was named the County Attorney's Office Prosecutor of the Year in 2006; in 2003, she was recognized by then-Gov. She said he pinned her to a bed, attempted to forcibly remove her clothes and prevented her from screaming. "Even in the case of prosecuting a crime, we ask some of the same questions".
He called her "victim centered", but not so much so that she loses objectivity.
As the hearing continued, other Republicans espoused equal rage, using their five-minute allotments to rebut Democrats' charges and to defend Kavanaugh.
But this time, Republicans on the committee prefer to keep a lower profile.
"I found it incredibly hard to watch", said a woman who has two daughters at the school and asked not to be identified because the school had requested that parents not talk to the media. Lindsey Graham (R-SC).
Mitchell also tried to clarify or point out inconsistencies in Dr. Ford's various statements.
The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court on Friday, with a full senate vote scheduled for Tuesday. Fewer questions were asked about what exactly happened during the alleged assault by Kavanaugh.
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.
"Who is going to speak for all of the 11 Republican senators?"
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