The office of Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., on Monday sought to rebut a memo by outside counsel Rachel Mitchell writing no "reasonable prosecutor" would bring criminal charges against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh based on Christine Blasey Ford's sexual misconduct accusations.
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"Mitchell omits that a 'reasonable prosecutor' would never bring a case without gathering all the facts," staff for Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, wrote in their six-page response.
"The question before the Senate is to determine whether Brett Kavanaugh has the suitability and trustworthiness of an individual nominated to serve for a lifetime appointment on the Supreme Court," Feinstein's aides added. "Last Thursday’s hearing was not a trial."
[Opinion: Rachel Mitchell's memo is damaging to Christine Blasey Ford's case against Brett Kavanaugh]
Mitchell was appointed as outside counsel by Senate Republicans on the panel to question Ford last week about her allegations Kavanaugh groped her and tried to remove her clothes in the 1980s when they were teenagers. Mitchell's memo was sent to GOP lawmakers Sunday before Democratic staffers countered 15 of her conclusions with what they termed the "reality."
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