Capitol Ink | Frosh Week

Capitol Ink | It’s a Win Win
Series finale concludes Matson’s chronicle of this past year’s political tides and turns

Previously On Capitol Ink ...

Today’s Capitol Ink caps off a series Roll Call cartoonist R.J. Matson started a year ago, looking at the 2018 midterms with his satirical eye. Here are the previous three entries in the series.

Donald Trump Once Wanted to Buy the FBI Headquarters, Now House Dems Are Asking Questions
New request sent to agency in charge for documents about potential conflicts

The front of the J. Edgar Hoover FBI Building on Pennsylvania Ave. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Key House Democrats pressed the head of the General Services Administration to provide more information Thursday about President Donald Trump’s role in the proposal to rebuild the FBI headquarters building on its current footprint on Pennsylvania Ave.

“As a direct result of President Trump’s clear conflict of interest on this matter, we are now requesting information and documents to determine whether the President is making decisions about the FBI headquarters building based on what is best for the country or what is best for his own financial bottom-line,” wrote the five House members, who are all ranking members of relevant committees or subcommittees.

Group Plays Trump’s ‘Access Hollywood’ Tape Outside Capitol to Protest Kavanaugh
UltraViolet Action calls out president as senators read report on allegations against his Supreme Court nominee

President Donald Trump’s “Access Hollywood” video, in which he bragged about being able to assault women because he was a celebrity, is playing on a continuous loop in front of the Capitol on Thursday. (Thomas McKinless/CQ Roll Call)

While senators are reading the results of the FBI’s investigation into Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, there’s a video playing outside the Capitol of President Donald Trump joking about sexual assault.

The infamous “Access Hollywood” footage of Trump speaking with Billy Bush about assaulting women because of his celebrity status is playing on a truck-mounted big screen for 12 hours until 9 p.m. on Thursday.

After Latest Kavanaugh Allegations, Trump Calls Avenatti ‘A Total Low-Life’
New accuser says high court nominee sexually assaulted her and lined girls up for gang rapes

President Donald Trump leaves after chairing a United Nations Security Council meeting on Wednesday in New York.  (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump took a swipe at Michael Avenatti on Wednesday, saying the attorney for a third accuser of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is “good at making false accusations” and “a total low-life!”

The new accuser, in a sworn affidavit, claims Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her and lined up for gang rapes during high school parties. Kavanaugh denies the allegations, saying in a statement that “this is ridiculous and from the Twilight Zone. I don’t know who this is and this never happened.”

Ted Cruz Heckled Out of D.C. Restaurant by Anti-Kavanaugh Protesters
'We believe the survivors!' activists shout

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, was shouted out of an Italian restaurant near the Capitol Monday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Sen. Ted Cruz and his wife, Heidi, were heckled out of a high-end Italian restaurant near the Capitol on Monday night by a group of protesters chanting, “We believe survivors!”

A video of the episode shows roughly a dozen protesters crowding Cruz’s table at Fiola on Pennsylvania Avenue as he and his wife appeared to be getting up to leave.

Former Staffers Want to Fund Diverse Women for Hill Internships
New foundation’s goal is to fund 50 internships a year for young women

Sara Lonardo, left, and Elizabeth Whitney, right, both are former Capitol Hill interns. They teamed up to create the Women's Congressional Staff Foundation. (Photo courtesy Wynne Leahy)

All eyes are on women on Capitol Hill this week: How will those in the Senate vote on Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination? What might his accusers say to affect his confirmation?

Behind the scenes, staffers work to keep the trains moving and their bosses informed. One group doesn’t think there are enough staffers from different backgrounds among them.

Romanian Cyberattack Targeted Security Cameras Ahead of Inauguration
Eveline Cismaru pleaded guilty to wire and computer fraud

A Romanian woman pleaded guilty to a cyberattack on surveillance cameras ahead of the 2017 inauguration. (Matt Rhodes for CQ Roll Call)

A Romanian woman pleaded guilty in connection with a cyberattack against the D.C. police department that disabled two-thirds of the outdoor surveillance cameras operated by Metropolitan Police Department, just days before the 2017 Presidential Inauguration.

Eveline Cismaru, a Romanian citizen, pleaded guilty Thursday to federal charges related to her role in the cyberattack.

With Hurricane Florence Bearing Down, No Change Yet to Congressional Schedule
Meanwhile, the president says the federal government is prepared

As Washington and the rest of the East Coast prepared for Hurricane Florence, there was no change to the congressional schedule. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

With Hurricane Florence bearing down on the East Coast and mandatory evacuations ordered up and down the Atlantic seaboard, Congress is taking a wait and see approach to the schedule and has not ordered any changes so far.

“Due to the important nature of votes expected on the Floor and in committee this week — there are no changes to the House schedule at this time. We will continue to monitor Hurricane Florence and send further updates as needed,” a statement from the office of House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said Tuesday.

73 Demonstrators Arrested During Second of Kavanaugh Hearing
70 people were arrested on Tuesday on the first day of Supreme Court nominee’s hearing

Capitol Police said 73 people were arrested on Wednesday for demonstrating during or near the confirmation hearing of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call)

Sixty-six people were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct during the second day of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Wednesday, Capitol Police reported.

Protesters stood in the hearing room and shouted at senators and the nominee during the nearly 12-hour hearing.