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US Capitol Police said they had arrested 73 people in the Senate office buildings by the end of the second day of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings, according to CNN.

Police reportedly arrested 70 people on the first day of the hearing, according to Politico.

Protest organizers defended their intentionally disruptive strategy as vital to preserving civil rights and democracy. They described Kavanaugh's views on women's rights, LGBT rights and health care as extreme and decried Trump's authority to nominate him, according to USA Today.

Demonstrators have been charged with a variety of offenses, including disorderly conduct and obstructing.

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