The sex crimes prosecutor tasked with questioning Christine Blasey Ford during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Judge Brett Kavanaugh told Republican senators on Thursday that Ford’s claims and the lack of corroborative evidence were not strong enough to take the case to a courtroom.
Arizona prosecutor Rachel Mitchell spoke at a late-night Thursday meeting with the Republican caucus, where she briefed all 51 GOP members, according to The Washington Post. Based on the evidence presented during the hearing, Mitchell reportedly said that she would not have prosecuted Kavanaugh.
“Mitchell spelled it out and was clear with senators that she could not take this anywhere near a courtroom,” a source told Fox News. In fact, Mitchell reportedly said she would not even pursue a search warrant.
The prosecutor’s guidance may be especially important for Republican senators who have yet to make a decision on how to vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court.
Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona confirmed on Friday that he will vote in favor of Kavanaugh, however, key Republican Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska have yet to announce their intentions. Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota are also reportedly still on the fence.
The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination at 1:30 p.m. on Friday.