sexual misconduct

Huge Crowds, Long Lines, Tight Security: What Capitol Hill Was Like on Ford, Kavanaugh Hearing Day
 

Roll Call reporter Katherine Tully-McManus was on the ground during this long, tumultuous Thursday on Capitol Hill. Marked with massive protests and several arrests, here's what it was like outside the hearing room while the Senate Judiciary Committee heard testimony on sexual assault allegations from accuser Christine Blasey Ford and the nominee for the Supreme Court, Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

Location, Location, Location: Hearing With Kavanaugh's Accuser Could be in Tight Quarters (For Now)

Thursday's blockbuster hearing featuring Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and his accuser is scheduled to be in a tiny room, but that could change. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call)

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and his accuser Christine Blasey Ford are expected to testify Thursday in a tiny room before the Senate Judiciary Committee.  If the hearing is held in the small room as scheduled, there won't be much room for the public — including protesters — or reporters to watch the proceedings. But that could change. 

The Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on tap for Thursday is set to be in Dirksen 226, a small room that can accommodate lawmakers, a few staffers and a witness, but not much beyond that. The highly anticipated meeting is sure to draw enormous media attention and throngs of protesters.

Anti-Kavanaugh Protesters Swarm Susan Collins’ Office, 46 Arrested
 

Updated 5:42 p.m. | Chants of “hell no, Kavanaugh” and “we believe Dr. Ford” echoed through the halls outside Sen. Susan Collins’ Capitol Hill office, where hundreds of protesters gathered Monday to call for the Maine Republican to vote against the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. 

“We came down here to say that she needs to listen to women,” said Marie Follayttar, executive director of Mainers for Accountable Leadership. 

Kavanaugh Controversy and Violence Against Women Act Collide on Capitol Hill
Not the first time a Supreme Court fight and VAWA have been linked

Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., hold a press conference with Holton-Arms alumnae in support of Christine Blasey Ford in the Hart Senate Office Building on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Christine Blasey Ford’s sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh upended his confirmation process and brought sexual misconduct back into the spotlight on Capitol Hill. While the Senate Judiciary Committee digs into what happened more than 30 years ago, other lawmakers are working to extend and expand protections for victims under the Violence Against Women Act.

The competing claims from Ford and Kavanaugh have divided both the Senate and the country, with Ford accusing Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a party when they were teenagers, and Kavanaugh issuing blanket denials and saying he welcomes the chance to “clear my name.” 

 Collins: If Kavanaugh Lied to Committee That Would Be “Disqualifying”
 

Eyes are on Republican Sen. Susan Collins as sexual assault allegations roil Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation process. Collins’s vote was already considered pivotal for the nominee, as the moderate Maine senator has bucked her party and President Donald Trump on big ticket issues before. Collins said Monday that both Kavanaugh and the accuser, California professor Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, should testify under oath about the incident. 

“Obviously if Judge Kavanaugh has lied about what happened, that would be disqualifying,” Collins told reporters.

Report: GOP Candidate for Dent’s Seat Faces Sexual Misconduct Allegation
Pennsylvania House hopeful Marty Nothstein says he is victim of anonymous smear campaign

The specific sexual misconduct allegation against Pennsylvania Republican House candidate Marty Nothstein is unclear, but stems from around 2000, when he won an Olympic gold medal in cycling. (MartyforPA.com/Screenshot)

Pennsylvania Republican congressional hopeful Marty Nothstein is facing an allegation of sexual misconduct stemming from nearly 20 years ago.

Nothstein, an Olympic gold medal-winning cyclist running in Pennsylvania’s new 7th District, has denied the allegation. 

House Republicans Trust Jim Jordan Did Not Ignore Ohio State Sex Abuse
Colleagues come to Ohio Republican’s defense, calling him honest, honorable and trustworthy

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, has denied allegations he ignored sexual abuse while coaching wrestling at Ohio State University. House Republicans are defending him as honest and trustworthy. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Honest, honorable and trustworthy — these are all attributes House Republicans have ascribed to Rep. Jim Jordan as they’ve reacted skeptically to allegations that the Freedom Caucus founder ignored sexual abuse while an assistant wrestling coach at Ohio State University. 

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who like Jordan are considered potential candidates to replace retiring Speaker Paul D. Ryan, were among those who defended the Ohio lawmaker. 

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