Shortly after Ford's testimony began, New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman tweeted that "almost every person close to Trump who had told me having a sex crimes prosecutor question Ford was good strategy is saying they think it was a mistake after the first portion of the hearing".
Grassley said that Mitchell has experience and objectivity and will treat the witnesses fairly and respectfully.
Mitchell is expected to question both Kavanaugh and Ford, who are both set to testify in the hearing on Thursday.
Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, Mitchell's boss, praised her experience in an interview with the Arizona Republic, calling her an "objective prosecutor" who has a "caring heart" for victims. "Over the course of Rachel's career, she has dealt with victims in this very circumstance of delayed disclosure and circumstances where allegations were hard to corroborate", he says.
In a letter to ranking member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Grassley wrote: "I am not going to silence Dr. Ford after I promised and assured her that I would provide her a safe, comfortable, and dignified opportunity to testify ..." Mitchell also asked if she paid for the polygraph, which would normally be quite expensive, and again, Ford said she doesn't know.
Feinstein had asked for the hearing to be delayed after The New Yorker published claims by Deborah Ramirez, a Yale classmate of Kavanaugh who says he exposed himself to her while drunk at a college party in the 1980s. "I think Mitchell had the effect of stopping the Republicans from looking as bad as they might've looked".
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Hatch has been a strong defender of Kavanaugh and has scowled off and on as the hearing has gone on.
Ford's accusations prompted a second woman to come forward with an accusation of inappropriate sexual behavior against Kavanaugh. She studied law at Arizona State University, passing the bar in 1992, and since 1993 has worked as a prosecutor.
But because Mitchell was taking the place of Republican senators on the Judiciary Committee, she was allotted only five minutes at a time for questioning. (He also screamed his way through his questioning of Kavanaugh.) He said the hearing was a "political game" on the behalf of the Democrats. She supervises attorneys who handle cases involving child molestation, sexual assault and computer crimes against children. Her former supervisor Cindi Nannetti told The Washington Post that it fell to Mitchell and other prosecutors in the Maricopa County Attorney's Office to find out why so many sex crimes were left unresolved or inadequately investigated by Arpaio's office. Dr. Ford got her story out.
Mitchell has lectured and trained around the country on the topic of sexual assault investigations and prosecutions.
On Ford's portion of the hearing, a Republican Senate aide said it didn't present any "big surprises", though it provided a "big emotional boost for Democrats". In a video posted by Cheddar's Brad Smith, Ford's testimony could be heard across an unusually quiet NYSE floor as traders watched intently.