Katherine Tully-McManus

Mitch McConnell Thanks Capitol Police Following Kavanaugh Chaos — But Takes Aim at the Left
Senate Majority Leader decries ‘mob tactics’

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday praised Capitol Police  for their work as Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court was underway — but also took a few verbal shots at the “far left.”

“To the men and women of the United States Capitol Police and all the other law enforcement officers who kept members, staff and citizens safe, even in extremely difficult and often hostile circumstances, we really can’t thank them enough,” he said in his opening remarks on the Senate floor.

Kavanaugh Protesters Ignore Capitol Barricades Ahead of Saturday Vote
U.S. Capitol Police arrested 101 protesters Friday

Protesters broke through Capitol Police barricades and rushed up the steps to the Capitol Rotunda Saturday afternoon amid large demonstrations ahead of a Senate vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

The metal barricades were erected Thursday to keep demonstrators on specific areas of the Capitol grounds. Security has been heightened on Capitol Hill in recent weeks due in part to huge numbers of protesters trying to access Senators to voice their views on the nominations.

Greg Gianforte’s Private Plane Could Play Crucial Role in Final Kavanaugh Vote
Sen. Steve Daines plans to be in Montana for his daughter’s Saturday wedding

Updated 1:30 p.m. | Montana Rep. Greg Gianforte’s private plane could make it possible for Sen. Steve Daines to be in two places at once Saturday.

Daines plans to walk his daughter Annie down the aisle for her wedding in Bozeman, Montana on the same night his yea vote may be required for Republicans to approve Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court.

Protesters Throw ‘Kegger’ at Mitch McConnell’s House Ahead of Kavanaugh Vote
‘I like beer, I like beer,’ group chants. Majority Leader stays inside.

They like beer, but they don’t like Brett.

Protesters threw a “kegger” outside of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s Capitol Hill home Friday morning to show their opposition to Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court.

Activists Throw a ‘Kegger’ Outside McConnell's DC Home Friday Morning
 

The group Center for Popular Democracy Action organized a protest outside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's home in Washington on Friday, the day a key procedural vote is planned on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Protesters chanted "chug" and "we like beer" to comment on Kavanaugh's answers during a hearing last week into allegations of sexual assault when he was in high school and allegedly drinking. ...
Court Documents Detail Doxxing of Senate Republicans
Jackson Cosko was reportedly confronted by staffers in Hassan’s office after he used a computer there

Jackson A. Cosko illegally used a computer in the office of Democratic Sen. Maggie Hassan and and threatened a Hassan staffer later that day, court documents show. He allegedly is behind the posted personal information about Republican senators on their Wikipedia pages.

The case against Cosko is detailed in an affidavit submitted in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia that includes details of how Cosko allegedly posted cell phone numbers and home addresses of the senators onto the web from House and Senate computer networks.

Sen. Steve Daines Would Miss Saturday Kavanaugh Vote for Daughter’s Wedding
Montana Republican tells AP he won’t be in D.C. regardless of Senate schedule

Sen. Steve Daines won't be in town if the Senate votes this weekend on Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court, which could leave Republicans in a bind.

The Montana Republican told AP that he will attend his daughter’s wedding back home on Saturday regardless of a possible weekend vote on the embattled Supreme Court nominee.

Suspect in Congressional Doxxing Cases Arrested
McConnell, Graham, Hatch and Lee had personal information posted online

Capitol Police have arrested a suspect in the doxxing of senators and releasing personal information onto the internet.

Jackson A. Cosko, 27, of Washington, D.C., was charged Wednesday with “making public restricted personal information,” witness tampering, unauthorized access of a government computer, identity theft, second degree burglery, unlawful entry and threats in interstate communications.

Steny Hoyer's Election Night Watch List
Minority whip has a dozen races he says he will focus on for early hints

Steny H. Hoyer has high hopes that Democrats will take back control of the House in November and he’s trekked to 94 districts in 22 states and campaigned for 75 candidates and 37 incumbents this cycle to try and make it happen. And of those races, on Nov. 6th, there are 12 races he says he’ll be watching.

The House minority whip called five East Coast races in particular “bellwethers.” The returns will be in relatively early and they are just a few of the seats that Democrats are trying to snag from Republican control:

Dianne Feinstein, Victims Groups Say Senate Judiciary Actions Violate Rape Shield Rules
Claims come after letter describing sexual preferences of accuser is released

Sen. Dianne Feinstein and groups focused on domestic violence and sexual assault on Wednesday said Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans could be in violation of the federal rape shield law portion of the Violence Against Women Act.

On Tuesday, Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee released a letter from Dennis Ketterer, a former weatherman for WJLA Channel 7 in Washington and one-time Democratic candidate for Congress, regarding the recent allegations made by Julie Swetnick against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

Tensions Over Kavanaugh Drive Senate Into Tightened Security
Online posting of personal information, Capitol altercations prompt bigger footprint

Tensions over the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh and sexual assault allegations against him have driven the Senate to a heightened security posture, as some lawmakers fended off protesters and others saw their personal information released online.

Demonstrators, many of them sexual assault survivors, have flooded the Capitol in recent days to share their stories and urge Republican senators to reject the Kavanaugh nomination. Close-up exchanges between protesters and senators, including in elevators and at airports, have led to additional security measures, especially for Senate Judiciary Committee members.

Woman Smokes Marijuana in Protest Outside Congressman’s Office
Altercation shut down Longworth building

An altercation between demonstrators and Rep. Andy Harris of Maryland shut down part of the Longworth Building Tuesday.

A demonstrator from DC Marijuana Justice and the newly formed Maryland Marijuana Justice, groups that advocate marijuana legalization as an alternative to the opioid crisis, descended on Harris’s office Tuesday and staged an “overdose.”

Digital Future Laid Out in Library of Congress 5-Year Blueprint
User-centered design to feature in physical and online presence

The Library of Congress, the largest library in the world, is moving towards a “digital-forward” strategy, according to a strategic plan released Tuesday.

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced a five-year plan for a “digital transformation.”

Threats Against Jeff Flake and Chuck Grassley Prompt Additional Security
Move comes amid contentious debate over Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh

At least two key Republican senators who found themselves in the center of a firestorm last week over Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court have been assigned special protection due to threats as well as crowd control issues. 

Multiple Capitol Police officers confirmed Friday that teams of uniformed officers were moving with Sens. Jeff Flake and Charles E. Grassley. The latter chairs the Judiciary Committee, which heard testimony Thursday from Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused the nominee of sexual assault decades ago when both were in high school. Flake, a Judiciary member, helped broker a deal to delay a floor vote on Kavanaugh to allow for an FBI investigation into allegations against him by Ford and others. 

House Ethics Panel Extends Inquiry Into Rep. Tom Garrett
Virginia Republican allegedly had congressional aides run personal errands

The House Ethics Committee has extended its investigation into Rep. Thomas Garrett, the panel said in a release Friday. 

The Virginia Republican freshman, who is not running for re-election, faces allegations that he used his congressional aides to run personal errands for him and his wife on taxpayer-funded official time. He’s also been plagued by questions about whether his alcohol use has affected his work in Congress.

Watch: Arrested Protesters Chant 'We Believe Christine' Outside Kavanaugh Hearing Room
 

A group of protesters were arrested Friday after attempting a sit-in outside the room where the Senate Judiciary Committee will soon vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. As the protesters were led away they chanted "We believe Christine" — in reference to Christine Blasey Ford, who testified Thursday that Kavanaugh allegedly sexually assaulted her in the 1980s....
Huge Crowds, Long Lines, Tight Security: What Capitol Hill Was Like on Ford, Kavanaugh Hearing Day
 

Roll Call reporter Katherine Tully-McManus was on the ground during this long, tumultuous Thursday on Capitol Hill. Marked with massive protests and several arrests, here's what it was like outside the hearing room while the Senate Judiciary Committee heard testimony on sexual assault allegations from accuser Christine Blasey Ford and the nominee for the Supreme Court, Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

Sexual Assault Survivors in Congress Call for Delay on Kavanaugh Vote
Five House Democrats ask for probe into all allegation against nominee

Five Democratic lawmakers, each survivors of sexual assault and domestic abuse, are calling for a delay in the Senate vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation.

Reps. Alma Adams of North Carolina, Gwen Moore of Wisconsin, Ann McLane Kuster of New Hampshire, Jackie Speier of California and Debbie Dingell of Michigan penned a letter Thursday to President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell asking for the vote on Kavanaugh to be postponed and calling for an investigation into the additional allegations made against him in recent days.

Keith Ellison Calls for House Ethics Investigation Into Allegations Against Him
“I am innocent and eager to see this entire matter resolved,” Minnesota Democrat says

Rep. Keith Ellison is calling for a House Ethics Committee inquiry into allegations of abuse against him made by a former girlfriend.

“I am taking this step now because I am innocent and eager to see this entire matter resolved,” the Minnesota Democrat said in a statement Wednesday.