Over 200 protesters arrested during Kavanaugh hearings

Greg Nash

U.S. Capitol Police arrested more than 200 people over three days this week amid protests surrounding Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings.

Sixty-nine demonstrators were arrested on Thursday, a slight decrease from the 73 arrested on Wednesday and 70 arrested on Tuesday, according to figures released by the Capitol Police. In total, 212 people were arrested.


The Senate Judiciary Committee hearings with Kavanaugh lasted from Tuesday to Thursday and were met with aggressive protests, with individuals shouting intermittently throughout the hearings.

The demonstrators were subsequently led out by police as lawmakers and the Trump nominee paused the back-and-forth of questioning.

Thirty-seven individuals were removed on Thursday from the committee room in the Hart Senate Office Building, where the hearings took place. They were charged with disorderly conduct, according to Capitol Police.

Another 12 people were removed from the area outside of the hearing room and charged with “crowding, obstructing or incommoding.” 

Nineteen individuals were arrested for the same offense outside of Sen. Chuck Grossley’s (R-Iowa) office in Hart, where progressive groups staged a protest on Thursday against the Judiciary Committee chairman and Kavanaugh.

One adult male on Thursday was also arrested in the Judiciary Committee room and charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, simple assault and disruption of Congress. 

The actress Piper Perabo was one of the hundreds arrested during the demonstrations earlier in the week.

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