• Republicans hired a female lawyer to question Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford in their upcoming sexual-assault hearing - but a lawyer for his second accuser says they're being railroaded

    24 days ago - By Business Insider

    Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee hired an Arizona sex-crimes prosecutor to ask questions on their behalf at a scheduled hearing during which Christine Blasey Ford will speak publicly about her sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh.
    Rachel Mitchell, a Maricopa County attorney, will lead a round of questioning at the hearing on Thursday.
    Committee chairman Chuck Grassley initially did not reveal Mitchell's identity Tuesday night, but he changed course after some sharp rebukes from Ford's attorneys and others.
    There were also lingering questions about whether Deborah...
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  • All-Male GOP Judiciary Committee Selects Female Sex Crimes Prosecutor for Hearing on Kavanaugh Sexual Assault Allegations

    All-Male GOP Judiciary Committee Selects Female Sex Crimes Prosecutor for Hearing on Kavanaugh Sexual Assault Allegations

    24 days ago - By Slate

    Eager to avoid the optics-and the reality-of 11 male Republican Senators questioning Christine Blasey Ford about her sexual assault allegation, the Republicans on the Judiciary Committee Republicans have hired Phoenix-based prosecutor Rachel Mitchell to lead the high stakes questioning Thursday. Mitchell is a registered Republican who has worked for the Maricopa County Attorney's Office for 26 years, and currently serves as the sex crimes bureau chief for county attorney's office.
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  • McConnell Says Not to Worry About the All-Male GOP Judiciary Committee, They Hired a “Female Assistant” to Ask Questions for Them

    24 days ago - By Slate

    During a press availability Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was asked about the uncomfortable fact that his entire roster of 11 Republican Senators on the Judiciary Committee are men and, you know, what kind of message that sends as the GOP bros get set to adjudicate the validity and impact of a woman's claims of sexual assault? Sen. McConnell, by way of defending the gender shutout, succinctly summed up the GOP zeitgeist on Capitol Hill, which is, in a word, clueless.
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