Rachel Mitchell wrote in a 5-page memo that Blasey-Ford’s allegations against SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh are much weaker than a “he said, she said” case.
Mitchell is chief of the Maricopa County attorney’s office Special Victims Division and the woman who questioned Blasey-Ford during the Judiciary Committee hearing last Thursday.
“A ‘he said, she said’ case is incredibly difficult to prove. But this case is even weaker than that,” Mitchell wrote to Senate Republicans in a memo Sunday, which was obtained by the Washington Post. “Dr. Ford identified other witnesses to the event, and those witnesses either refuted her allegations or failed to corroborate them.” …
Mitchell, clarifying that her evaluation of Ford’s allegation is from a legal point of view, said there is not enough evidence for a prosecutor to try the case and there isn’t sufficient evidence to satisfy the preponderance-of-the-evidence standard.
She outlined several points as to why Ford’s allegation is weaker than a typical “he said, she said” case.
1. Dr. Ford has not offered a consistent account of when the alleged assault happen.
2. Dr. Ford has struggled to identify Judge Kavanaugh as the assailant by name.
3. When speaking with her husband, Dr. Ford changed her description of the incident to become less specific.
4. Dr. Ford has no memory of key details of the night in question–details that could help corroborate her account.
5. Dr. Ford’s account of the alleged assault has not been corroborated by anyone she identified as having attended–including her lifelong friend.
8. Dr. Ford’s description of the psychological impact of the event raises questions.
9. The activities of congressional Democrats and Dr. Ford’s attorneys likely affected Dr. Ford’s account.
Mitchell provided details to each point using Ford’s own testimony, her polygraph test, and the letter she sent to Feinstein.