Dozens Arrested in Senate Building as Democrats Accuse GOP of 'Railroading' Ford to Protect Kavanaugh

As an attorney for Christine Blasey Ford said Thursday afternoon that her client remains willing to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee about the sexual assault she says Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh perpetrated against her when the two were in high school, mass demonstrations resulted in arrests on Capitol Hill on Thursday as women’s rights groups and Democrats intensifed their charge that Republicans are trying to ‘railroad’ Ford by not taking her allegations seriously and refusing to order the FBI investigation she has asked for and that experts say is entirely appropriate.

Dozens of people, mostly women, were arrested one by one in the lobby of the Hart Senate Building mid-afternoon:

Meanwhile, as Capitol Police hauled people away, Democratic senators rallied around the demand aimed at Republican lawmakers and the White House to drop their opposition to Ford’s request for an investigation into her allegations.

“Really, I would call it a railroad job,” Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) told reporters at a noontime press conference. “And it’s totally unfair.”

Hirono and her Democratic colleague’s are calling for the White House to have the FBI conduct the investigation that Ford has requested and that experts say is perfectly within their purview and capabilities.