GOP Senator Regrets How Judiciary Committee Handled Outside Counsel

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Posted: Sep 27, 2018 4:30 PM
GOP Senator Regrets How Judiciary Committee Handled Outside Counsel

Multiple Republican lawmakers have expressed regret over hiring outside counsel Rachel Mitchell to question Christine Blasey Ford at Thursday's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. The Republican senators yielded their time to Mitchell, a sex crimes prosecutor. Yet, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) noted that it may not have been the best decision.

"I haven’t seen the whole thing but I wish our counsel had a longer period of time rather than breaking it up into five minute segments,” said Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.). “It’s just chopped up [so] you don’t have … a really good fact-finding type of exchange. That’s been unfortunate.” (Politico)

The five-minute questioning was “a little awkward," he added.

Fox News contributor Judge Andrew Napolitano agreed.

“Rachel Mitchell not only is not laying a glove on her, but, in my view, is actually helping her credibility by the gentility with which these questions are being asked and the open-ended answers that the witness is being permitted to give” Napolitano said after the first round of questioning. “The president cannot be happy with this.”

Mitchell herself poked fun at the awkward process.

"Would you believe me if I told you that there’s no study that says this setting, in five-minute increments, is the best way to do that," Mitchell asked Ford.

Still, others noted the benefits of having Mitchell pose some questions for the witnesses.

In his first round of questioning, Judge Kavanaugh passionately denied all allegations.