Capitol Police Arrested 143 Protesters in the First Two Days of the Kavanaugh Hearings
From the very first moments of the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing for Trump's second Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Democrats and protesters interrupted and shouted down the proceedings. Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) likened the situation to "mob rule," and the Capitol Police reported that in the first two days, they have arrested 143 protesters.
"The United States Capitol Police responded to numerous incidents of unlawful demonstration activities within the Senate Office Buildings that were associated with today’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing," the police said in a statement on Wednesday evening.
"Sixty-six individuals were removed from the Committee room in the Hart Senate Office Building, and were charged with D.C. Code §22–1321 - Disorderly conduct," the statement reported. "In addition, six individuals were removed from the fourth floor of the Russell Senate Office Building for unlawful demonstration activities and were charged with D.C. Code §22-1307 - Crowding, Obstructing, or Incommoding."
Finally, one person "was arrested in the Hart Atrium and was charged with D.C. Code §22-1307 - Crowding, Obstructing, or Incommoding, and D.C. Code §22-405.01 – Resisting Arrest."
These 73 protesters joined the 70 arrested on Tuesday. The Capitol Police reported removing 61 people on the first day of the hearings, and charging them with disorderly conduct. They also removed nine more protesters from the second floor of the Dirksen Senate Office Building for unlawful demonstration.
The hearings are ongoing, with no sign that the protests will stop.
As Law & Crime's Ronn Blitzer reported, three medical doctors have claimed that the protesters are being paid to stand up in the middle of the hearings and start shouting, only to be escorted out and charged by police.
Adam Schindler, president of Schindler Digital, tweeted two photos: one showing a woman getting paid while in line to enter the hearing, and another showing the same woman escorted out of the hearing.
Schindler presented the photos as "proof the protesters were paid off in line."