Published On: Mon, Oct 1st, 2018

Rachel Mitchell’s memo destroys Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations, weaker than ‘he said, she said’

A reasonable prosecutor, a fair one, the head of the sex crimes unit at the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office and has decades of experience prosecuting criminal cases of sexual assault and abuse — this is Rachel Mitchell.

Mitchell published what she concluded of the Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh, clearly stating that they are not prosecutable.

Mitchell issued a report to “All Republican Senators” on Sunday, labeling the accusations “even weaker” than a ” ‘he said, she said’ case” of sexual assault.

Mitchell laments that the case is weak because “witnesses either refuted her allegations or failed to corroborate them.” Nothing is corroborated.

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Ford changed her story multiple times

In a July 6 text to the Washington Post, she said it happened in the “mid 1980s” then in her July 30 letter to Senator Feinstein, she said it happened in the “early 80s.” During her August 7 statement to the polygrapher said that it happened one “high school summer in early 80’s,” but she crossed out the word “early” for reasons she did not explain.

A September 16 Washington Post article reported that Dr. Ford said it happened in the “summer of 1982″ and the same article noted that notes from the therapy session in 2013 show her describing the assault as occurring in her “late teens.”

But she told the Post and the Committee that she was 15 when the assault allegedly occurred. She has not turned over her therapy records for the Committee to review.

Dr. Ford failed to explain how she was suddenly able to narrow the timeframe to a particular season and particular year. If she was OLDER than 15, Kavanaugh would have been gone to Yale.

Ford NEVER identified her assailant by name

In both the 2012 and 2013 therapy notes, there was no name. Dr. Ford’s husband claims to recall that she identified Judge Kavanaugh by name in 2012.

At that point, Judge Kavanaugh’s name was widely reported in the press as a potential Supreme Court nominee if Governor Romney won the presidential election.

Delayed disclosure of abuse is common so this is not dispositive.

Ford details of the incident has become less and less specific

Dr. Ford testified that she told her husband about a “sexual assault” before they were married. When she spoke to the Washington Post, she informed her husband that she was the victim of “physical abuse” at the beginning of their marriage. She testified that, both times, she was referring to the same incident.

During the hearing she NEVER and COULD NOT describe anything about the incident, no colors, no smells, how she got there or got home.

Ford has no memory of key details of the night in question

Ford does not remember who invited her to the party or how she heard about it. As mentioned above, she doesn’t know how she got to the party, what house the assault allegedly took place or where that house was located with any specificity.

She does not remember how she got from the party back to her house. Ford told the Washington Post that the party took place near the Columbia Country Club. The Club is more than 7 miles from her childhood home yet she testified that it was a roughly 20-minute drive from her childhood home.

Dr. Ford was able to describe hiding in the bathroom, locking the door, and subsequently exiting the house. She also described wanting to make sure that she did not look like she had been attacked, but she has no memory of who drove her or when.

Nor has anyone come forward to identify him or herself as the driver.

Ford 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. She testified that she had exactly one beer at the party and was taking no medication at the time of the alleged assault.

Ford’s account has not been corroborated by anyone

Dr. Ford has named three people other than Judge Kavanaugh who attended the party— Mark Judge, Patrick “PJ” Smyth, and her lifelong friend Leland Keyser (née Ingham). Dr. Ford testified to the Committee that another boy attended the party, but that she could not remember his name.

No others have come forward.

All three named eyewitnesses have submitted statements to the Committee denying any memory of the party whatsoever.

Keyser stated through counsel that, “[s]imply put, Ms. Keyser does not know Mr. Kavanaugh and she has no recollection of ever being at a party or gathering where he was present, with, or without, Dr. Ford.” In a subsequent statement to the Committee through counsel, Ms. Keyser said that “the simple and unchangeable truth is that she is unable to corroborate [Dr. Ford’s allegations] because she has no recollection of the incident in question.”

Ford testified that her friend Leland, apparently the only other girl at the party, did not follow up with Dr. Ford after the party to ask why she had suddenly disappeared.


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