Kavanaugh protesters descend on Collins, Flake offices on Capitol Hill

Kavanaugh protesters descend on Collins, Flake offices on Capitol Hill
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Hundreds of protesters took to the Capitol on Monday to urge swing-vote Republicans to reject Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh amid fresh allegations of sexual misconduct.

Demonstrators affiliated with the Be A Hero campaign and several other progressive organizations lined the walls outside the offices of Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsLobbying World Senators want assurances from attorney general pick on fate of Mueller probe 5 themes to watch for in 2020 fight for House MORE (Maine) and Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakePence casts tie-breaking vote for Trump appeals court judge Dem: 'Disheartening' that Republicans who 'stepped up' to defend Mueller are leaving Flake: Republican Party ‘is a frog slowly boiling in water’ MORE (Ariz.) and filtered into the Russell Rotunda.

Protesters wore shirts that read "Believe Women" and "Be A Hero" in support of the women who have accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.

Eva Malecki, communications director for Capitol Police, told The Hill that some protesters have been arrested. She said authorities would release total arrest numbers from the protests at the end of the day.


Liberal activists have urged Collins, Flake and Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiSenate advances Trump energy pick after Manchin flips The Senate must reject Bernard McNamee’s nomination for FERC Overnight Defense: Congress pauses to mourn George H.W. Bush | Haspel to brief senators on Khashoggi killing | Soldier is fourth to die from Afghan IED blast MORE (R-Alaska) to vote "no" on Kavanaugh ever since President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Republicans move to block Yemen war-powers votes for rest of Congress Trump says he's considering 10 to 12 contenders for chief of staff Michael Flynn asks judge to spare him from jail time MORE announced his nomination in July. Progressive groups have refocused those calls after two women accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct in recent weeks.

Christine Blasey Ford this month went public with her accusation that Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed, groped her and attempted to remove her clothes, covering her mouth when she tried to scream for help at a high school party during the early 1980s.

More recently, The New Yorker published an article on Sunday in which Deborah Ramirez claimed that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her and thrust his genitals in her face during a college party, also in the 1980s.

Kavanaugh has adamantly denied both allegations.

Ford and Kavanaugh are set to testify about the first allegation on Thursday, but Democratic senators are now calling for the hearing to be postponed in the wake of Ramirez's accusation.

The White House and Senate Republicans continue to support Kavanaugh despite the allegations, which they have cast as part of a "smear campaign" against the judge.