Drama and demonstrations as Kavanaugh confirmation vote nears

Drama and demonstrations as Kavanaugh confirmation vote nears

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Hundreds of protesters have taken over the atrium of the Senate Hart Office Building on Thursday afternoon as the supplementary FBI probe into Brett Kavanaugh has been delivered and as the Senate is expected to move forward on his confirmation, (Photo ©2018 Doug Christian)
Protesters took over the atrium of the Senate Hart Office Building on Thursday afternoon. The supplemental FBI probe into Judge Brett Kavanaugh was delivered early in the morning and the Senate is expected to move forward on his confirmation .Photo ©2018 Doug Christian/TMN)

ON THE HILL WITH DOUG CHRISTIAN

(Chanting protesters)

WASHINGTON – Thursday, thousands of chanting demonstrators descend on Capitol Hill objecting the pending appointment of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. 302 protesters are arrested at a rally in the atrium of the Hart Senate Office Building for quote “unlawfully demonstrating in Senate office buildings”.

Capitol Police armed with bundles of zip ties looped around their belts checked this reporter’s badge multiple times as he covered the protests.

Prior to these protests, senators walked freely throughout the Capitol complex and were accessible to reporters’ inquiries. Now many rank-and-file lawmakers have full-time police escorts.

Today, the drama is expected to continue as people have flown in as far away as Alaska to show their opposition.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) declares, “Enough. Enough already! Let’s vote.” In that spirit, a critical procedural vote to end debate will take place this morning at 10:30 A.M. to make way for final passage of Kavanaugh’s confirmation at around 4:30 P.M. Saturday.

Doug Christian, Washington

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