Police arrest 128 protesting Kavanaugh on Capitol Hill

Police arrest 128 protesting Kavanaugh on Capitol Hill
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Capitol Police on Monday arrested 128 people who descended on Senate office buildings to protest Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and urge swing-vote senators to reject him.

A spokeswoman said authorities arrested 46 people just outside of room 413 in the Dirksen Senate Office Building, which is Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsEmanuel to take hot seat in Senate confirmation hearing Overnight Health Care — Presented by Carequest — FDA moves to sell hearing aids over-the-counter Rachel Levine sworn in as first openly transgender four-star officer in health corps MORE's (R-Maine) office, and charged them with unlawful demonstrations.

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Another 82 people were removed from the Rotunda of the Russell Senate Office Building and charged with crowding, obstructing or incommoding, the spokeswoman said.

Hundreds of protesters affiliated with the Be A Hero campaign and other progressive organizations took to the Capitol on Monday. They lined the walls outside the offices of Collins and Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeFlake donating unused campaign funds to Arizona nonprofit focused on elections: report Biden nominates former Sen. Tom Udall as New Zealand ambassador Biden to nominate Jane Hartley as UK ambassador: report MORE (R-Ariz.), who are both seen as potential swing votes in Kavanaugh's confirmation process.

Demonstrators wore shirts that said "Believe Women" and "Be A Hero" in support of Christine Blasey Ford and Deborah Ramirez, who have each accused Kavanaugh of separate incidents of sexual assault. Kavanaugh has strongly denied the allegations.

Those against Kavanaugh's confirmation have focused their efforts on Collins, Flake and Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiOvernight Health Care — Presented by Carequest — FDA moves to sell hearing aids over-the-counter Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by the American Petroleum Institute — Manchin, Tester voice opposition to carbon tax Rachel Levine sworn in as first openly transgender four-star officer in health corps MORE (R-Alaska). Two Republican senators and all 49 Democrats would need to vote "no" to prevent Kavanaugh from being confirmed.