Rachel Mitchell, a prosecutor in Arizona, will question Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh at a public hearing Thursday about sexual-assault allegations made against him. Mitchell, the sex-crimes bureau chief for the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, emerged early Tuesday evening as the “leading candidate” for Senate Republicans to question Kavanaugh, and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley announced a few hours later he had asked her to do so. Mitchell is reportedly a registered Republican and has worked for the Attorney’s Office for 26 years. Kavanaugh and his first accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, are both expected to testify under oath on Thursday in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Ford accused Kavanaugh of attempting to take off her clothes, pinning her down, and covering her mouth his hand to silence her cries for help at a high-school party in the early ’80s.