Capitol Police reported that in the first two days of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings, close to 150 people were arrested, and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) summed it up by comparing the situation to “mob rule.”
On Wednesday evening, police issued a statement on the now 143 protesters arrested during the hearings that read in part, “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.”
“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.”
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Lastly, 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.”
Capitol Police reported removing 61 individuals on day one of the hearings, and charging them with disorderly conduct. The police also removed 9 more protesters from the second floor of the Dirksen Senate Office Building for unlawful demonstration, bringing the total for the day to 70.
Law & Crime’s Ronn Blitzer reported that three medical doctors have claimed that the protesters are all being paid to get up and begin shouting in the middle of the hearings, only to be escorted out and charged afterwards by police.
President of Schindler Digital, Adam Schindler, tweeted two photos, one showing a woman being handed a wad of cash while waiting in line to enter the hearing, and a second photo showing the same woman being escorted out of the hearing.
— Adam W. Schindler (@AdamSchindler) September 4, 2018
Here is the exact same woman being escorted out by police. Schindler tweets, For those wondering if the photo of the person receiving cash in line was staged (it wasn’t), here’s some evidence of her getting kicked out of the hearing. Thanks
For those wondering if the photo of the person receiving cash in line was staged (it wasn’t), here’s some evidence of her getting kicked out of the hearing. Thanks @andaluzuelo https://t.co/r5BvOMIUGd
— Adam W. Schindler (@AdamSchindler) September 5, 2018
As Blitzer reported, one of the men, Dr. Tom Schlueter described one of the alleged transactions:
“One thing was there were people who had come along … who had a bag of money, and people would hand them a piece of paper, and then they would give them money,” he said. “So we know money was exchanged for some of the people to be here, just to protest.”
Schlueter then described instructions that these people supposedly received.
“They were actually told, we heard them say this, ‘when you go in, we want you to yell, to scream, and even possibly to get arrested.’ So that was some of the processes we saw happening,” he recalled.
Winnie Wong, senior advisor to the Women’s March, told CNN Wednesday, “This is well organized and scripted. This isn’t chaos.” The Women’s March has partnered with the center for Popular Democracy, and is working closely with approximately 20 other groups to arrange and carry out the Kavanaugh protests.
Planned Parenthood and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund also flew protesters in from around the country.
“Wong said that the Women’s March has 300 people committed to ‘actions’ during the week — and that most of their members knowingly signed up for action that could get them arrested,” reported CNN.
“The Women’s March also has the financial backing to support members — they fundraise off their email list and have sent six fundraising emails in the last two days that have raised more than six figures, according to Wong,” CNN reported. “The group lends financial support for travel, accommodation, legal training and bail. The arrests Monday resulted in a $35 to $50 bail, which the group paid for.”
Protesters showing up to the hearings dressed in red capes from “The Handsmaid’s Tale” to add to what has been described as a “circus”, while activists like Women’s March co-founder Linda Sarsour interrupted the hearing within the first moments on Tuesday, and was promptly removed and arrested along side actress Piper Perabo. These protesters are part of a well-funded attempt to try and delegitimize Kavanaugh, one that ultimately will fail.