KTAR.com Arizona prosecutor says Kavanaugh sexual misconduct case is weak

Just after the gavel came down and the hearing came to a close on Sept. 28 Sen. Jeff Flake is surrounded by fellow Sens. Thom Tillis above left Mike Crapo and Lindsey Graham, lower right. Flake had just appealed for a delay on Brett

Just after the gavel came down and the hearing came to a close on Sept. 28 Sen. Jeff Flake is surrounded by fellow Sens. Thom Tillis above left Mike Crapo and Lindsey Graham, lower right. Flake had just appealed for a delay on Brett

Flake, a Judiciary Committee member who led talks that delayed the full Senate vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation so the FBI can investigate sexual assault allegations, said he plans to vote with other Republicans to confirm the Kavanaugh ― unless the probe discovers something. An hour of frantic behind-the-scenes negotiations ensued, ending when Flake emerged and dropped the bombshell that he wanted an FBI investigation before he would vote on Kavanaugh's nomination on the Senate floor.

President Trump has ordered the FBI to conduct an investigation into his Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, a process that will be "extensive", said retired FBI agent Warren Flagg.

Four in 10 Americans believe sexual misconduct allegations against US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, while three in 10 do not and the rest do not know, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll that split largely along party lines.

During her opening statement, Ford detailed a gathering where she was forced into a bedroom when Ford and Kavanaugh were teenagers. "He began running his hands over my body and grinding his hips into me".

And Mitchell wrote that Ford has "struggled to recall important recent events relating to her allegations". But she said the allegations against Kavanaugh didn't even rise to a lesser "preponderance-of-the-evidence" standard. Ford said during testimony Thursday that the therapist made a mistake in her notes in saying four men were involved in the assault.

In the memo, Mitchell said that Ford "has no memory of key details" about the alleged assault - including exactly when it allegedly happened, what house it allegedly happened in and how she got home.

Rachel Mitchell, the chief of the Maricopa County attorney's office Special Victims Division, wrote in a memo that Christine Blasey Ford's allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is weaker than a "he said, she said" case.

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"A "he said, she said" case is incredibly hard to prove". But it's not for other witnesses' lack of trying.

Rachel Mitchell writes in a new memo sent to Senate Republicans that she does not believe a "reasonable prosecutor would bring this case based on the evidence before the Committee".

"I just knew that we couldn't move forward, that I couldn't move forward without hitting the pause button", he said, adding that he believes that the Kavanaugh saga is "ripping the country apart".

His request ultimately led to the White House ordering a time-limited Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into the allegations made against the Supreme Court nominee.

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Notably absent from Mitchell's memo is any mention of the few questions she was able to ask Kavanaugh before GOP Senators stopped ceding their time to her. Indeed, she stated that she ran out of the house after coming downstairs and did not state that she made a phone call from the house before she did, or that she called anyone else thereafter.

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