Protesters to Brett Kavanaugh Nomination Descend on Senate Offices

Those objecting to SCOTUS nominee reach out to Republicans Susan Collins, Jeff Flake

Protests of the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court erupted in the Senate on Thursday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Protesters occupied the office of Sen. Susan Collins on Thursday, voicing their belief in Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Protesters wore pins reading “I believe Dr. Christine Blasey Ford” and filed silently into the Maine Republican’s office. Once inside, a few of them implored Collins’ staff not to rush the Kavanaugh confirmation proceedings, citing how long other nominees’ confirmations took.

Others told their own stories of sexual assault.

The protesters were a mix of men and women and included a number of people in wheelchairs.

They announced their plan to protest at Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake’s office too.

Capitol Police arrested people chanting and sitting in the hallway outside of Collins’ office earlier in the day.

A group of approximately a dozen protestors were seen waiting in line for a seat on a small Capitol Police bus between the Dirksen and Hart Senate office buildings just before 11:15 a.m. Thursday.

In the crowd, one woman with zip-tied wrists was seen talking to a police officer holding a blue evidence bag, though it was unclear what the contents were.

Kellie Mejdrich contributed to this report

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