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. 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.
Grassley added that any further delay would be unfair to both Ford and Kavanaugh, whom Grassley said "has asked the committee repeatedly for the chance to testify as soon as possible ..."
Instead, Rachel Mitchell, a female prosecutor from Arizona whose "life mission" has been to investigate sex crimes, is interviewing Ford on behalf of the Republican party. Republican senators deferred their time to Mitchell, so that she could question Ford.
Mitchell, a Republican, was expected to question Kavanaugh and the first woman to accuse him of sexual misconduct at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Thursday.
But Blasey Ford's lawyer Michael Bromwich criticized the hiring of "an unnamed 'experienced sex crimes prosecutor, '" warning it could turn the hearing into a "circus" and said it is contrary to his client's repeated requests that senators conduct the questioning, according to The Hill.
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Mitchell has served as a prosecutor since 1993. 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. Convicted of multiple child sex abuse and molestation accounts, LeBrun was sentenced to 111 years in prison in 2006. They called for a delay in a new letter to Grassley.
"Very professional, fair, objective and she does have a heart for victims of crime", said Montgomery.
The move goes against the wishes of Ford, who wanted the senators to question her themselves.
"She does not engage in courtroom histrionics".
"Second, a very common misconception relates to when and how children tell". He worked in the prosecutor's office for two years before going into private practice, where he defended sex crime cases prosecuted by attorneys she supervises.
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Bringing in Mitchell is "a transparently clumsy attempt to avoid the visual of a panel of all-male Republican Judiciary Committee members grilling a survivor about her sexual assault allegations", said Michael Polenberg, vice president of government affairs for Safe Horizons, a victims' advocacy organization in NY.
Sen. Susan Collins of ME, a key undecided Republican, told reporters she will be "glued to the television" during Thursday's hearing. Patrick Leahy asked her what she remembered most about the incident, Ford (a psychologist) responded: "Indelible in the hippocampus is the laughter, the uproarious laughter between the two, and their having fun at my expense", she said, referring to Kavanaugh and friend Mark Judge.
"Political parties, anything like that, makes no difference to Rachel", Westerhausen told CNN's "New Day".
The county attorney's office introduced a sex crimes protocol past year - the first in its history.
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