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Capitol Police arrest 70 people during first day of Kavanaugh hearings

Capitol Police arrest 70 people during first day of Kavanaugh hearings
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U.S. Capitol Police said they arrested 70 people Tuesday during the the first day of hearings on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

In a statement, Capitol Police said 61 people were removed from the hearing room in the Hart Senate Office building and charged with disorderly conduct. The arrested protesters included a Hollywood star, Piper Perabo of the former USA show "Covert Affairs." 

Another nine people were removed from the second floor of the Dirksen Senate Office Building for "unlawful demonstration activities" and charged with "crowding, obstructing or incommoding."

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Protesters repeatedly interrupted the proceedings Tuesday while members of the Senate Judiciary Committee gave their opening remarks.

Many of the protesters urged senators to adjourn the hearings and vote no on Kavanaugh.

The hearings are slated to pick back up at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday for what is expected to be a marathon 12-hour day of questioning.

Senate Judiciary Chair Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyOn The Money: Power players play chess match on COVID-19 aid | Pelosi bullish, Trump tempers optimism | Analysis: Nearly 1M have run out of jobless benefits Grassley: Voters should be skeptical of Biden's pledge to not raise middle class taxes GOP to Trump: Focus on policy MORE (R-Iowa) said each of the senators on the committee will get 30 minutes to question the nominee.