Chaos has continued to rule as the Senate attempts to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. At the end of the first day of the hearings, Capitol Police were forced to arrest 70 different demonstrators who continued to interrupt the Senate hearings. By the conclusion of the third day, 73 more individuals were charged. On the third day, 69 were arrested.
During the second day of the hearings, 66 individuals were forcibly removed from the hearing room when they continued to disrupt the Senators. Capitol Police charged each of the suspects with disorderly conduct. Six other people needed to be removed from a nearby Senate office building where they had taken their protests. These six suspects were all charged with participating in unlawful demonstration activities. Another individual was taken from the main hearing room for being particularly unruly. After failing to adhere to police officer’s requests, the suspect was charged with crowding, obstructing justice, incommoding and resisting arrest.
Over the three-day span, an overwhelming 212 people have been arrested. According to both Republicans and Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee, these constant interruptions are making it increasingly impossible to probe the views of Kavanaugh. On top of these concerns, about 40 percent of Kavanaugh’s past records have been marked as confidential by Republican senators. Democrats are arguing that these confirmation hearings should be extended until all records are released and reviewed, but Republicans believe the hearings should continue. Democrats argue that full disclosure is imperative. Some of the formerly confidential records that have been made public during this hearing have revealed that Kavanaugh has directly lied to Congress during his past testimonies.