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 CollinsSusan Collins and the mob mentality Graham: I hope Dems 'get their ass kicked' for conduct around Kavanaugh St. Lawrence alumni, faculty want honorary degree for Collins revoked MORE (Maine) and Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeOn The Money: Treasury official charged with leaking info on ex-Trump advisers | Trump to seek 5 percent budget cut from Cabinet members | Mnuchin to decide by Thursday on attending Saudi conference Mnuchin to decide by Thursday whether to attend Saudi conference GOP senator: Not 'appropriate' for Mnuchin to go to Saudi conference 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 MurkowskiEx-Florida lawmaker leaves Republican Party Murkowski not worried about a Palin challenge Flake on Kavanaugh confirmation: To see GOP 'spiking the ball in the end zone' doesn't seem right MORE (R-Alaska) to vote "no" on Kavanaugh ever since President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump renews attacks against Tester over VA nominee on eve of Montana rally Trump submits 2017 federal income tax returns Corker: Trump administration 'clamped down' on Saudi intel, canceled briefing 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.