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SALT LAKE CITY -- KSL Newsradio's Doug Wright interviewed Ed Smart Friday morning, the day after his daughter testified against her accused kidnapper, Brian David Mitchell, in court.
Smart expressed concern that U.S. Attorney for Utah Brett Tolman, who has been on the case for years, could be replaced by the U.S. Attorney General, who is a Democrat.
"He has taken the lead on this case, and he said to me the other day, ‘Ed, you know, I believe there's a reason I'm here. I believe I'm here to help Elizabeth,'" Smart said.
He also spoke about Elizabeth's desire to face Mitchell in the courtroom. "She wanted to say it to his face ... He was muzzled once, and she [Elizabeth] hoped it would happen again and he would be able to hear how despicable he is in public," Smart said.
Smart said Elizabeth told him testifying in court was the last thing she wanted to do.