GOP senators have selected Arizona prosecutor Rachel Mitchell to question Judge Brett Kavanaugh and the woman who has just recently accused the Supreme Court nominee of assaulting her when they were teenagers.
For his part, Judge Kavanaugh noted in a Monday letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee, “Character assassination will not succeed,” and referred to the allegations as, “smears, pure and simple…which debase our public discourse.”
Mitchell has worked for the Maricopa County Attorney’s office in Phoenix for nearly three decades, and is the chief of the special victims division, which deals with sexual assault cases. In recruiting Mitchell to join their staff, the all-male panel of 11 Republican senators on the judiciary committee are taking an unusual step. They are turning to her to ask what are expected to be personal questions on live television — avoiding uncomfortable exchanges that could sway the public’s opinion about the session.
But how wise is this choice? Prosecutors prosecute. The prosecutor’s task is to prove charges against a defendant beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law. However, their main task is to pursue justice. They are not independent arbiters. The senate is not a court of law. Judge Kavanaugh is not a defendant.
Know this. Whatever takes place and regardless of who poses the questions, this process is steeped in left-wing politics and the desire to deny President Donald Trump another appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court.