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 CollinsOvernight Defense: US to send 1K more troops to Mideast amid Iran tensions | Iran threatens to break limit on uranium production in 10 days | US accuses Iran of 'nuclear blackmail' | Details on key defense bill amendments Overnight Defense: US to send 1K more troops to Mideast amid Iran tensions | Iran threatens to break limit on uranium production in 10 days | US accuses Iran of 'nuclear blackmail' | Details on key defense bill amendments Senators revive effort to create McCain human rights commission MORE (Maine) and Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeDemocrats needle GOP on standing up to Trump Democrats needle GOP on standing up to Trump Amash gets standing ovation at first town hall after calling for Trump's impeachment 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.

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Liberal activists have urged Collins, Flake and Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiHillicon Valley: Hacker group targeted electric grid | House Democrats press CBP over facial recognition program | Senators offer bill to protect health data | Groups file FCC complaint over carriers' use of location data Hillicon Valley: Hacker group targeted electric grid | House Democrats press CBP over facial recognition program | Senators offer bill to protect health data | Groups file FCC complaint over carriers' use of location data Klobuchar, Murkowski introduce legislation to protect consumer health data MORE (R-Alaska) to vote "no" on Kavanaugh ever since President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP senator introduces bill to hold online platforms liable for political bias Rubio responds to journalist who called it 'strange' to see him at Trump rally Rubio responds to journalist who called it 'strange' to see him at Trump rally 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.