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The Mitchell Memo's Devastating Conclusions

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The Mitchell Memo's Devastating Conclusions

The Wall Street Journal October 2, 2018
Legal ReformCivil Justice

The outside prosecutor demonstrates that Ford’s allegations against Judge Kavanaugh don’t stack up.

Rachel Mitchell, the outside prosecutor hired by Senate Republicans, took some heat last week for the methodical manner in which she questioned Christine Blasey Ford, the college professor who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault when they were in high school more than 35 years ago. Supporters of Judge Kavanaugh had expected Ms. Mitchell to be more combative, but she was more interested in being thorough. Now we know why.

On Sunday Ms. Mitchell sent senators a nine-page memo outlining her assessment of Ms. Ford’s testimony, and the portrait she paints of the accuser is devastating. Ms. Mitchell writes that Ms. Ford “has not offered a consistent account of the alleged assault”—when it happened and what occurred—and has even “struggled to identify Judge Kavanaugh as the accuser by name.”

“A ‘he said, she said’ case is incredibly difficult to prove,” writes Ms. Mitchell. “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.” One of those supposed witnesses is Leland Keyser, a lifelong friend of Ms. Ford, whose attorney has stated: “Simply 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.”

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Jason L. Riley is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, a columnist at The Wall Street Journal, and a Fox News commentator. Follow him on Twitter here.