Sixty-nine people were charged Thursday in connection with protests and demonstrations focused on the confirmation hearing of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Capitol Police reported.
Of the total, 37 people were removed from the Senate Judiciary hearing room. The protesters, who stood and shouted at lawmakers before being forced out of the room by Capitol Police officers, were charged with disorderly conduct.
Approximately an hour into Thursday’s hearing, one protester was dragged out by his ankles by officers after disrupting the proceedings. Another from the hearing room was charged with resisting arrest, simple assault and disruption of Congress in addition to disorderly conduct.
During a break in committee activity, a group of protesters took over one hallway of the Hart Senate Office Building. Twelve of the demonstrators were removed by Capitol Police and charged with crowding, obstructing or incommoding.
Officers allowed the chanting protesters to demonstrate for a period before blocking off the hallway and removing the group.
“The system is corrupt, and that’s why we disrupt,” the protesters called out before being arrested.
“The system is corrupt, that’s why we disrupt” chants the group.Press now corralled away from the group by Capitol Police. They aren’t under arrest, but press are not being allowed to talk to them. #KavanaughHearings pic.twitter.com/yiz9Dy3NYe — K Tully-McManus (@ktullymcmanus) September 6, 2018
Before the hearing even began, protesters piled into Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles E. Grassley’s office.
“Chuck Grassley, come out, we’ve got some things to talk about!” they chanted as they streamed into the Iowa Republican’s office around 9 a.m.
Grassley’s communications director, Michael Zona, responded to tweets about the packed office, saying the staff were still working despite the protesters.
Just the foyer. @ChuckGrassley and his staff continue their work for Iowans inside the office.— Michael Zona (@mjzona) September 6, 2018
At some point, Capitol Police responded and officers closed the doors to Grassley’s suite of offices, effectively sealing the protesters inside. That was temporary and protesters sat on the floor of the office throughout most of the day Thursday. Nineteen people were removed from outside Grassley’s office suite and were also charged with crowding, obstructing or incommoding.
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