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 GrassleyThe Hill's Morning Report - What to watch for as Mueller’s probe winds down Overnight Health Care — Presented by National Taxpayers Union — Drug pricing fight centers on insulin | Florida governor working with Trump to import cheaper drugs | Dems blast proposed ObamaCare changes Drug pricing fight centers on insulin MORE (R-Iowa) said each of the senators on the committee will get 30 minutes to question the nominee.