The testimony of Brett Kavanaugh's accuser, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, is being demolished by her examiner, Rachel Mitchell, who was tapped to question Ford during the Senate Judiciary hearings.
Here are some of the bullets that Ford gave to Mitchell, who used them to shoot down Ford's allegations that Kavanaugh attempted to abuse her. In her memo, Mitchell highlights the following inconsistencies in Ford's ever-changing account:
Ford can recall that she had one beer and no medication at the party where she alleges that Kavanaugh attacked her. Mitchell notes, however, that Ford inexplicably can't remember many other key events surrounding the incident.
As Mitchell clarifies, the commute to the party "was a roughly 20-minute ride" for Ford, who does admit to being driven somewhere by someone that night.
"Given that this all took place before cell phones," says Mitchell, "arranging a ride home would not have been easy."
Having 25 years of experience as a career prosecutor of sex-related and other crimes in Arizona makes Mitchell skillful at spotting red flags in such testimony. After outlining several problems with Ford's account, Mitchell said she's inclined to dismiss Ford's testimony as invalid: "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."
Watch the panel discuss the believability of Kavanaugh's accuser in The Download—The Mitchell Memo.