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Senate Report Outlines 9 Reasons Why Dr. Ford's Claims Are Not Credible

Oct 01, 2018 03:03PM ● By Staff Writer
OPINION:
September 30, 2018-- In a Memorandum submitted to Republican Senators, by Rachel Mitchell, Nominations Investigative Counsel United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Mrs. Mitchell submitted the following analysis of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s Allegations.

"In the legal context, here is my bottom line: A “he said, she said” case is incredibly difficult to prove. But this case is even weaker than that. Dr. Ford identified other witnesses to the event, and those witnesses either refuted her allegations or failed to corroborate them. For the reasons discussed below, I do not think that a reasonable prosecutor would bring this case based on the evidence before the Committee. Nor do I believe that this evidence is sufficient to satisfy the preponderance-of-the-evidence standard."

A basic review of the evidence reveals the following:  

1. Dr. Ford has not offered a consistent account of when the alleged assault happened.

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.

6. Dr. Ford has not offered a consistent account of the alleged assault.

7. Dr. Ford has struggled to recall important recent events relating to her allegations, and her testimony regarding recent events raises further questions about her memory... Including her recollection of her recent interactions with the Washington Post.

8. Dr. Ford’s description of the psychological impact of the event raises questions. • She maintains that she suffers from anxiety, claustrophobia, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). -- The date of the hearing was delayed because the Committee was informed that her symptoms prevent her from flying. But she agreed during her testimony that she flies “fairly frequently for [her] hobbies and … work.” She flies to the mid-Atlantic at least once a year to visit her family. She has flown to Hawaii, French Polynesia, and Costa Rica. She also flew to Washington, D.C. for the hearing.

9. The activities of congressional Democrats and Dr. Ford’s attorneys likely affected Dr. Ford’s account... See the attached timeline.  

The memorandum obtained by Parish News details the Nominations Investigative Counsel's assessment and timeline of events. 

 

Rachel Mitchell is a career prosecutor with decades of experience prosecuting sex crimes. 

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