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 CollinsDemocrats gear up to hit GOP senators on DACA OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump administration gives renewables more time to take advantage of tax credits | House Republicans introduce bill to speed mining projects for critical minerals | Watchdog faults EPA communications in contamination of NC river The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Unemployment claims now at 41 million with 2.1 million more added to rolls; Topeka mayor says cities don't have enough tests for minorities and homeless communities 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 Flake'Never Trump' Republicans: Fringe, or force to be reckoned with? The Memo: Can the Never Trumpers succeed? Former GOP Sen. Jeff Flake says he will not vote for Trump 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 ENERGY: Trump administration gives renewables more time to take advantage of tax credits | House Republicans introduce bill to speed mining projects for critical minerals | Watchdog faults EPA communications in contamination of NC river Trump administration gives renewables more time to take advantage of tax credits GOP senators urge Trump not to restrict guest worker visas MORE (R-Alaska). Two Republican senators and all 49 Democrats would need to vote "no" to prevent Kavanaugh from being confirmed.