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Rachel Mitchell, the sex crimes prosecutor hired by Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans to question Dr. Christine Blasey Ford during last week’s hearing, released a memo explaining why she would not bring criminal charges against Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
In the five-page memorandum sent to Senate Republicans, Mitchell said she does not believe a “reasonable prosecutor would bring this case based on the evidence before the Committee.” Her conclusion, she writes, is based on her independent assessment and review of Ford’s allegations.
She explained: “A ‘he said, she said’ case is incredibly difficult to prove. But this case is even weaker than that. Dr. Ford identified other witnesses to the event, and those witnesses either refuted her allegations or failed to corroborate them.”
Mitchell, a Phoenix-based prosecutor, was hired by Republicans to question Ford about her claims against the Supreme Court nominee. Ford alleged that an inebriated Kavanaugh pinned her on a bed, muffled her cries and tried removing her clothes when both were teenagers in the 1980s. She said she thought he was “accidentally going to kill me” and was “100 percent certain” that her attacker was Kavanaugh during her testimony. The latter has emphatically denied the accusation, both before and during his testimony.
Kavanaugh’s testimony came after Ford’s in the riveting and emotional nearly nine-hour event, which had more than 20 million viewers tuning in. During the hearing, Kavanaugh denied Ford’s claims and called her accusations, among others, a “calculated and orchestrated political hit.”
The hearing was not a criminal proceeding and was part of the confirmation process for Kavanaugh, which is now delayed pending an FBI investigation into the allegations.
Read the full memo from Mitchell below.
Mitchell Memo by on Scribd
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