Mitchell's first statement jumped out: "The first thing that struck me from your statement this morning was that you were terrified and I just wanted to let you know I'm very sorry... *that's wrong*."
Rachel Mitchell is a professional prosecutor spececializing in sex crimes. Her first statement tells me that she disbelieves Blasey-Ford's sincerity.
She wasn't acting very terrifird, even for someone who was acting.
I realized that Rachel Mitchell is dressed a bit like a Nun!
That's fuckin' hilarious!
(Forgive the profanity)
Great psyche-out play!
"Are those 3 [texts] accurate?"
She "misued the word bystander as an adjective".
No, she didn't "misuse" any words; she told WaPo that P.J. was a bystander but under oath she corrected that to P.J. was downstairs.
She has a Doctorate in Psychology so you know she's not dumb.
Simple question; was the letter written on July 30?
Blasey-Ford can't remember.
Peculiar her memory fails regarding the day she wrote the Feinstein letter
But when it comes to writing her Senator about the Supreme Court nominee attempting to rape her, 5 days is really fuzzy.
Knowing that Monica McLean was staying with the Blasey's adds a suspicious element.
Blasey-Ford's jaw litteraly drops.
She has to read the letter to make sure.
There are 3 "areas" that she'd like to "address".
She's smiling and squirming in her seat which suggests that she is highly uncomfortable with "addressing" these "areas".
Area 1: She can't guarantee that there were not more people at the party when she distinctly remembers 4.
Area 2: She told Feinstein that Kavanaugh physically pushed her into the bedroom.
Under oath she says she didn't see who pushed her into the bedroom.
Blasey-Ford seems to think that adding new information is pertinent to the question. Additional information is irrelevant at this point.
This could have been in anticipation of the request for an FBI investigation.
It's also an attempt to control the line of questioning.
Prosecutor Mitchell (and the FBI) already know what they want to ask. Good luck trying to coerce the direction of their investigation.
Mitchell (I like her): "I see corrections on [your polygraph statement] were you crossed out... so I will go on to the Washington Post article that was originally published on Sept. 16th..."
All she did was mention that parts were crossed out and disregarded it.
This tells me that the polygraph test is unimportant.
Mitchell (00:07:54): "You indicated that you were at the country club swimming that day?"
Blasey-Ford: "That's my best estimate as to how this could have happened."
But she can't remember if she was actually swimming at the county club that day, she can only estimate.
Did she wear her swimsuit just in case?
"You told Sen. Feinstein in your letter that you and 4 others were present. You've corrected that today to say it was at least 4 others.
Mitchell: "And that other girls name?"
Mitchell: "Leland Kaiser now?"
I'm not sure Blasey-Ford is picking up what Mitchell's putting down.
Blasey-Ford: "No, I haven't talked with anyone from that party."
Maybe there was no party that needed a witness to corroborate.
Almost a big "oops" moment.
You'd think she'd have said yes at first without hesitation.
I'm 13 minutes in and so far all lines of questioning have been worth scrutiny.
I like Rachel Mitchell. She's good at her job.
Congratulations, Bret Kavanaugh for your confirmation to the Supreme Court.
Blasey-Ford's testimony is still relevant. The Senate will not let her or her legal team off the hook.
An example needs to be made.
What an obviously manipulative answer. She's trying to garner sympathy from Mitchell.
Mitchell: "How do you know there was a conversation?"
Blasey-Ford: "I'm just assuming since it was a social gathering people were talking; I don't know."
Did you notice how Blasey-Ford dropped the sweet act and became a little condescending and angry when responding to Mitchell?
This may seem like an unimportant detail but this is huge.
She did not correct the part in her letter that says she heard a conversation downstairs.
At this point we can assume Christine Blasey-Ford is lying; not even 15 minutes in to her cross-examination.
Blasey-Ford: "Yes; I had to walk past everyone to leave the house."
Blasey-Ford is a terrible listener and very condescending.
Yet another attempt to take control of the investigation.
Mitchell (00:16:29): "I'm only asking you to confirm if that map accurately shows where you were living at the time."
Mitchell: "OK, could you tell us that?"
All that to confirm her address at the time of the incident.
Pathologically unable to give a straight answer.
Again, Mitchell has presented Blasey-Ford's inconsistent statements, this time regarding the date that the incident happened.
She was probably coached on what to say and anything that goes of script flusters her. She's also using the phoney up-tone used in her opening statement.
We can assume this because she's already been caught lying.
She didn't correct any of the 3 conflicting timeframes.
Blasey-Ford: "I had looked at them online to see if they existed; yes."
Blasey-Ford: "Actually no it was in the office of a provider."
Mitchel (00:21:20): "Did you show a full or partial set of those marriage therapy records to the Washington Post?"
Wait. You only looked at your therapy notes online (did not have a copy) but you can't remember if you gave your note to WaPo?
Blasey-Ford: "His name is not listed in those notes."
The pretext for her talking to WaPo and Feinstein was her marriage therapy where the assault resurfaced to her consciousness.
She said in her opening statement that she told her husband that her accuser was Bret Kavanaugh but there's no record.
It's definitely a misleading statement.
I don't think that this counts as technical perjury so I'm only going to count it as a misleading statement.
It's a therapists job to write down what the client says. Also, her husband was present for the therapy session.
Her therapist and her husband may get subpoenaed later on.
She was asked earlier if she had a physical copy of her therapist notes when she spoke with WaPo. She said she only looked at them online.
Now she says she had a physical copy when talking to WaPo.
So far, it looks like Bret Kavanaugh's name was not mentioned as the assailant until she texted WaPo.
Blasey-Ford: "In an airplane."
But in answering this question she starts with "I was willing" then stops herself. She knew they would go meet her and almost admitted it.
87 tweets in and we're only now touching on #BeachFriends.
Christine Blasey-Ford has purjured herself 4 times so far.
And many people told me 'you need to hire a lawyer' and I didn't do that. I didn't understand why I would need a lawyer."
Blasey-Ford: "Beach friends... coming up with ideas of how I could try to get to people; because people weren't responding to me very quickly."
Mitchell: "Why not?"
Why reach out to multiple media outlets if you already know that your story is being *handled* by a company with CIA connections?
Pure conjecture on my part.
Blasey-Ford (00:34:42): (To Grassley) "I just appreciate that you did offer that. I wasn't clear on what the offer was."
Blasey-Ford almost spilled the beans that she knew about the offer.
If her council really was trying to delay the confirmation hearings, they either manipulated her or she was complicit.
Blasey-Ford: "No. I didn't think - I didn't understand why I would need lawyers."
It's almost like her council knows her letter better than she does.
Mitchell: "Did you talk with anybody about this letter before you sent it?"
Mitchell: "And why did you talk to Congresswoman Eshoo's office about that letter?"
Mitchell: "Did anyone help you write the letter?"
Blasey-Ford: "Yes. I had a phone call with Sen. Feinstein."
Blasey-Ford: That was when I was still in Delaware, so before Aug. 7th."
Mitchell: "What did you talk about?"
She really acts like she's concealing something about her call with Feinstein. She put her head down after the "and".
Mitchell is really focused on the Feinstein letter, too. This could mean that the info gathered in this examination will be used in a later trial.
Blasey-Ford: "Not that I know of."
She then immediately looks to her right as though she's looking for confirmation from her lawyer that she gave the right answer.
Blasey-Ford wants the dates repeated so Mitchell repeats the question.
Blasey-Ford smiles and replies "correct" to Mitchell's question, doing what she thinks her lawyers want her to.
Before July 6th she had been talking about it personally. Her beach friends suggested she contact WaPo.
Blasey-Ford: "No. I was staying with my parents at the time."
Blasey-Ford: "No, definitely not."
I get the feeling that this specific line of questioning is building up a case against Feinstein and maybe others involved like Monica McLean.
Before continuing, it's worth pointing out that Blasey-Ford has no trouble answering some questions with a direct "yes" or "no" answer but others she tends to blather on with her answer.
She waa probably advised by her council to give vague answers.
Mitchell (00:40:22): "Why did you decide to take a polygraph?"
Mitchell: "Were you advised to that?"
Bromwich essentially admitted that it was her councils idea.
Also, she's a psychologist so it's safe to assume she has at least a rudimentary understanding of how polygraph tests work.
(Blasey-Ford's council covers the mic and whispers in her ear.)
Blasey-Ford: "Yes, I believe his name was Jerry."
Mitchell: "Did anyone advise you on that choice?"
Blasey-Ford: "I didn't choose him myself. He was the person who came to do the polygraph test."
Blasey-Ford had no idea what the question was. Now I'm thinking that she's being taken advantage of; not that this excuses her previous perjuries.
Blasey-Ford: "I had left my grandmother's funeral at Fort Lincoln Cemetery that day and was on tight schedule to get a plane to Manchester, New Hampshire; so he was willing to come to me which was appreciated."
Blasey-Ford: "Correct; or it might have been the next day. I spent the night in the hotel."
Mitchell: "And I don't just mean countermeasures, but I mean just any sort of tips or anything like that?"
Proving this will take a very thorough investigation and won't be easy but it casts doubt on to her claim.
Blasey-Ford: "I don't think so."
Mitchell: "Do you know who did pay for the polygraph?"
Blasey-Ford: "Not yet, no."
Katz: "Let me put an end to this misery; her lawyers have paid for her polygraph."
Bromwich: "As is routine."
Katz: "As is routine."
Katz and Bromwich must have good connections to get a retired FBI polygrapher.
Katz and Bromwich have great connections.
SJC Republicans have expressed their belief that Blasey-Ford has been treated poorly so I'm led to believe that they are interested in going after who had been using her account for political gain.
Blasey-Ford: "It was my understanding that it was going to be kept confidential, period."
That's a huge breach of trust and because of the highly public nature of her allegation, having that information leaked without her consent likely caused personal damage.
It's unclear how they found out her identity. She said she sent 3 encrypted (anonymous) texts to WaPo. How did they find her?
Did they find out when the Feinstein letter was leaked?
She's already admitted that she told beach friends and undisclosed people in Delaware so this could be perjury number 7, with an asterisk.
Blasey-Ford: "Various people refered me to lawyers that they knew in the Washington D.C. area."
She testified earlier that she was interviewing lawyers while in Delaware AND had not spoken with anyone about the assault other than lawyers or members of Congress.
She was specifically asked if she had spoken with her parents whom she was staying with and said no. "Family members" likely includes parents. She'd been caught lying so you can assume this.
That makes 8 instances of perjury.
Mitchell: "Are you aware that they say they have no memory or knowledge of such a party?"
Mitchell: "No. The best way to do it; the best practices for interviewing victims of trauma."
(Laughter all around)
Bromwich: "We can stipulate that."
Katz: "We can stipulate that."
Mitchell: "Thank you, council."
Blasey-Ford: "That makes a lot of sense."
Blasey-Ford: "Many people advised me to get an attorney. Once I had an attorney, my attorney and I discussed using the polygraph."
Blasey-Ford: "I agree that that's what was agreed upon, by the collegial group here."
Mitchell: "Thank you. I have no further questions."
I agree with Rachel Mitchell's statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee that the allegation by Christine Blasey-Ford against Bret Kavanaugh is incredibly weak.
I'll simply post a link to it here and in the following tweet.
I won't list them here, but may write an addendum listing them with if rquested.
If Bret Kavanaugh wishes to pursue legal action against her, I believe it is within his right to do so.
I believe she has the right to pursue legal action against whomever leaked her letter to Sen. Feinstein against her wishes.
She seemed reliant on others for what to say and what actions to take.
Because of this, the FBI ought to be investigated regarding its involvement with Blasey-Ford's polygraph.
Regarding Blasey-Ford, an investigation into the leak of tge Feinstein letter is a good start.