Donald Trump’s pick, who could shift the top decisively to the right, begins his confirmation hearing before the Senate judiciary committee

A spokeswoman for the Capitol Police said that as of 10:19am EST, 22 individuals have been arrested so far this morning. They have been charged with disorderly conduct.

At least half a dozen more protesters were removed from the hearing room since then. Police say they will update the count at the end of the day.

The White House is tallying interruptions during Kavanaugh’s hearing pic.twitter.com/ppiu0x5yyR

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In his remarks, Grassley calls Kavanaugh “one of the most qualified if not the most qualified nominee that I’ve seen” and “the kind of judge Americans want on the Supreme Court”.

He urges the judge to follow the precedent set by his predecessors and not provide explicit answers on how he might rule from the bench. Quoting justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the court’s liberal lion, Grassley advises Kavanugh to offer “no hints, no forecasts, no previews” of how he’d rule.

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