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56 Arrested Demonstrating Support for Christine Blasey Ford
Protesters rally against nomination of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh

Capitol Police arrested 56 protesters who were demonstrating support for Christine Blasey Ford.(Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Capitol Police arrested 56 protesters Thursday who flooded Senate office buildings  to voice opposition to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and express support for his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford.

Thirty-three protesters were arrested outside of Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles E. Grassley’s office in the Hart Building on Thursday afternoon. The demonstrators were charged with “crowding, obstructing, or incommoding.” Earlier in the day, Capitol Police arrested 23 protesters outside the Dirksen Building office of Tennessee Republican Sen. Bob Corker for “unlawful demonstration activities.” They faced the same charges.

70 Protesters Arrested At First Kavanaugh Hearing
Supreme Court nominee’s initial day of confirmation proceedings defined by disruption

Seventy protesters were arrested for disrupting business during the confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call)

The Capitol Police arrested 70 protesters Tuesday at the first day of the confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.  

Of the total, 61 were removed by Capitol Police from the Hart Office Building room where Senate Judiciary Committee members were giving opening statements for more than seven hours. Those arrested were charged with disorderly conduct.

Why Activists Say They're Protesting Kavanaugh
 

Hundreds of protesters poured into the Hart Senate Office building Tuesday to oppose the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The protesters represented a wide range of liberal issues, including defenders of gay marriage, the 2010 health care law, abortion access and minority groups.

“If any of [the senators] are dependent on African American votes for re-election, this is a non-negotiable issue," said Derrick Johnston, president and CEO of the NAACP, of his group’s opposition to Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the high court.

Protesters Interrupt Kavanaugh Hearing One After Another
 

While Democrats moved to adjourn the first day of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, protesters erupted one by one to interrupt the proceedings. The protesters pleas ranged from health care to same-sex marriage. 

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., called the session a “charade and mockery of our norms” due to the lack of availability of documents from Kavanaugh’s time as White House staff secretary.

Protesters Rile Kavanaugh Hearing
Opponents of Supreme Court nominee disrupt both Republican and Democratic remarks

Dozens of protesters were arrested Tuesday at the first confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Dozens of protesters were arrested Tuesday during the confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, with Capitol Police steadily removing protesters from the hearing room after they stood and shouted at lawmakers and disrupted the proceedings.

As Kavanaugh sat stone-faced in the hearing room, the protesters urged Senators on the Judiciary Committee to vote against his confirmation and adjourn the hearing.

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