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Grassley Names Sex Crime Prosecutor To Stop Dems from Turning Hearing into 'Circus'

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Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley announced late Tuesday the identity of the committee’s outside counsel, the expert sex crime attorney who will be questioning Christine Blasey Ford, the accuser of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

According to Phoenix, Arizona-based KTVK, the choice is Rachel Mitchell, the sex crimes bureau chief for the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office in Arizona.

She has been at the county attorney’s office for 26 years.

Mitchell was praised for her “decades of experience” on the judicial side of sex crimes in a news release from Grassley’s office.

Mitchell’s employer is also speaking highly of Grassley’s choice.

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A release from the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office published by KTVK stated: “Mitchell has lectured and trained around the country on the topic of sexual assault investigations and prosecutions. She is professional, fair, objective, and has a caring heart for victims.”

“The American people can be confident that Rachel Mitchell’s experience as a conscientious prosecutor, trained to seek justice, protect victims, and pursue truth will assist the Senate Judiciary Committee in performing its important task,” Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said in the statement.

Mitchell was described as a “prosecutor’s prosecutor” in this Fox News coverage of her appointment:

With Ford’s sexual assault allegation against Kavanaugh quickly becoming one of the most important political events of 2018, pursuit of the truth has never been more crucial. Mitchell will be tasked with conducting questioning of both Ford and Kavanaugh.

The news that a special counsel would handle the questioning sent shivers down the spines of Democrats. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, announced Tuesday that she could not guarantee Ford would show up to the hearing at all, according to Fox News.

In his statement announcing Mitchell’s appointment, Grassley, an Iowa Republican, made his reasoning clear.

“The goal is to de-politicize the process and get to the truth, instead of grandstanding and giving senators an opportunity to launch their presidential campaigns,” the senator said.

“I promised Dr. Ford that I would do everything in my power to avoid a repeat of the ‘circus’ atmosphere in the hearing room that we saw the week of September 4.”

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The testimonies are scheduled to take place on Thursday. The committee’s vote has been scheduled for the very next day.

Some politicians and media figures are upset with Mitchell already, taking to Twitter to vent their frustration.

That last tweet, of course, was referring to former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. However, it should be noted that the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office is a different institution the the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.

With complaints already starting, it’s clear that Mitchell has her work cut out for her.

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Jared has written more than 200 articles and assigned hundreds more since he joined The Western Journal in February 2017. He was an infantryman in the Arkansas and Georgia National Guard and is a husband, dad and aspiring farmer.
Jared has written more than 200 articles and assigned hundreds more since he joined The Western Journal in February 2017. He is a husband, dad, and aspiring farmer. He was an infantryman in the Arkansas and Georgia National Guard. If he's not with his wife and son, then he's either shooting guns or working on his motorcycle.
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