Ford plans to tell the committee that, one night in the summer of 1982, a drunken Kavanaugh forced her down on a bed, "groped me and tried to take off my clothes", then clamped his hand over her mouth when she tried to scream before she was able to escape. "That's not right", Mitchell said.
As the hearing crossed the two-hour mark, Mitchell had focused on Ford's memory, the proximity of her then-house to the house where the allegedly incident took place.
Far from undermining Ford's credibility, Mitchell's questioning strengthened it, prompting some GOP senators to concede that their strategy had backfired. "I wanted to let you know: I'm very sorry", she said to Ford, in a honest tone. Klobuchar said she was.
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.
Kavanaugh and Ford, a California psychology professor, will testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee. They could have asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation to pursue a more thorough review of Ford's allegation and others regarding Kavanaugh.
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So when Mitchell began with her dry prosecutorial questioning of Kavanaugh, Trump allies - and reportedly the president himself - quickly chose to pull the plug on her.
"I found no reason to find her not credible." Sen. Senator Lindsey Graham all but shouted during his statement defending Kavanaugh, violently jabbing his index finger into the air and toward the Democrats.
"To my Republican colleagues, if you vote 'no, ' you're legitimizing the most despicable thing that I have seen in my time in politics", Graham said in an raging five-minute diatribe. Thom Tillis (R-NC) told reporters that "we didn't expect" that Mitchell was "going to go the full range".
That didn't happen. Instead, Mitchell asked questions to which she didn't already have the answers, or questions that did not seem important or even relevant. She did not become the story.
Ford again grew emotional when she told Sen.
In an overnight meeting attended by 51 Republican senators, Mitchell said the case against Kavanaugh would not hold up in a courtroom, Fox News reported. In a almost 30-minute presentation, Mitchell went over the "facts that were established and not established" and concluded that not only would she not charge Kavanaugh based on the record of evidence from both parties, but would not even pursue a search warrant for the judge, which in virtually all cases would require the standard of probable cause to be met, Politico reported. She grilled Ford on her fear of flying, trying to point out that although Ford had not wanted to fly to Washington, D.C., for questioning, she would take airplanes for vacations. If they do not, members of the Senate must oppose and vote against his confirmation.