We heard quite a bit about the rule of law today in Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing from senators like Cory Booker and Richard Blumenthal. What we haven’t heard from them are calls for their supporters to stop disrupting the hearings. Senator Orrin Hatch railed against the”insolence” of the disrupting protesters.
It turns out disrupting a Senate committee hearing is also a criminal offense.
United States Code Chapter 40, Section 5104 makes it a crime to “willfully and knowingly”
with the intent to disrupt the orderly conduct of official business, enter or remain in a room in any of the Capitol Buildings set aside or designated for the use of either House of Congress or a Member, committee, officer, or employee of Congress, or either House of Congress; or utter loud, threatening, or abusive language, or engage in disorderly or disruptive conduct, at any place in the Grounds or in any of the Capitol Buildings with the intent to impede, disrupt, or disturb the orderly conduct of a session of Congress or either House of Congress, or the orderly conduct in that building of a hearing before, or any deliberations of, a committee of Congress or either House of Congress.