Scores of protesters broke through barriers in front of the east steps of the Capitol on Saturday, just hours before the Senate was poised to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
Protesters chanted "We do not consent," "We are strong," "Shame" and "We
are not afraid" while waiving anti-Kavanaugh signs. Capitol Police proceeded to arrest dozens of people who broke through the barriers.
Kavanaugh protests are heating up outside the Capitol building. pic.twitter.com/yjz0uxbcvd— Juliegrace Brufke (@juliegraceb) October 6, 2018
NEW: Anti-Kavanaugh protesters have broken through barriers at the US Capitol and are now on the east steps --> pic.twitter.com/Nht8237DLz— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) October 6, 2018
The Senate is expected to vote to confirm Kavanaugh on Saturday afternoon after several undecided senators announced their support for his nomination on Friday.
Kavanaugh has faced a turbulent confirmation process following multiple allegations of sexual misconduct going back to his days in high school in the early 1980s. He has repeatedly denied the allegations.
Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Uber - Biden makes his pitch as tax questions mount Emanuel defends handling of Chicago police shooting amid opposition to nomination Emanuel to take hot seat in Senate confirmation hearing MORE (R-Maine), 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.) and Joe ManchinJoe ManchinHow 'Buy American', other pro-US policies can help advocates pass ambitious climate policies Photos of the Week: Manchin protestor, Paris Hilton and a mirror room Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by the American Petroleum Institute — Biden seeks to quell concerns over climate proposals MORE (D-W.Va.) announced their support for Kavanaugh on Friday following a one-week FBI investigation.
Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiHouse passes bill to expand workplace protections for nursing mothers Democrats look for plan B on filibuster Senate will vote on John Lewis voting bill as soon as next week MORE (R-Alaska) is expected to be the sole Republican to vote against the nominee, though will ask that her vote be marked as "present" as a courtesy to fellow GOP Sen. Steve DainesSteven (Steve) David DainesSenate GOP signals they'll help bail out Biden's Fed chair Senate GOP seeks bipartisan panel to investigate Afghanistan withdrawal Warren, Daines introduce bill honoring 13 killed in Kabul attack MORE (Mont.), who on Friday flew to Montana to attend his daughter's wedding.