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Brett Kavanaugh hearing: Who is Valley prosecutor Rachel Mitchell?

Posted at 10:18 PM, Sep 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-28 01:49:23-04

From a courthouse to Capitol Hill. The Valley prosecutor tapped to be the lead questioner in the Brett Kavanaugh hearings is veteran sex crimes prosecutor Rachel Mitchell from Maricopa County.

Her boss, Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery sat down with ABC15 Arizona Wednesday to talk about her skills, her experience, and how he thinks she's the best person for this job.

Montgomery said he got a call from a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee over the weekend, asking him about Mitchell's qualifications and availability. That was the extent of his involvement in the selection process.

Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley has said he is grateful Mitchell, who is a member of the Republican party, stepped up to volunteer her skills and experience and to the tough job of questioning Kavanaugh's accuser, Christine Blasey Ford.

Montgomery said Mitchell was one of the best in the business when it came to questioning victims and bringing out the truth.

"I wouldn't say perfect, but as good as you're going to get for a situation like this," Montgomery said.

Even though this was a high profile, high stakes assignment, Montgomery felt like all good prosecutors, Mitchell would be able to put politics aside.

"Sure it's on an elevated stage. There is a lot of political context," Montgomery said. "It isn't about right or left. It's about right or wrong. Truth does not have a party designation," he added.