Brett Kavanaugh

Arizona sex crimes prosecutor tapped to question Kavanaugh and Ford

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Photo: Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Photo: Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images

The Senate Judiciary Committee has selected Arizona sex crimes prosecutor Rachel Mitchell to question Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford this week.

The details: Mitchell is currently on leave as Deputy County Attorney in Phoenix, and the Division Chief of the Special Victims Division, according to the committee. She is an expert on the investigation and prosecution of sex crimes. The committee has scheduled a hearing for Thursday to hear testimony from both Ford, who has accused the Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault in high school, and Kavanaugh, who has denied the allegations. A vote on Kavanaugh's nomination is currently scheduled for Friday.

Kavanaugh vote scheduled for Friday morning

Brett Kavanaugh
Brett Kavanaugh. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled the vote for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh for Friday morning.

Why it matters: The key vote for Kavanaugh will be held a day after testimonies from both Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault, are heard by the committee. Thursday's hearings could swing essential votes from senators on Trump's second Supreme Court nominee.