Democrats Invite Protesters to Senate Hearings
If you have been watching any of the TV coverage of the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, you no doubt have heard all the yelling, shouting, whining and pleading coming from the gallery.
The senators politely wait for the disruption to end and then continue on with their process. What we don't see is the security officers arresting and removing the protesters -- dozens have been removed so far.
So who are these people and with this level of disrespect, how do they even get there?
Simple -- they were issued passes by the Democrat senators.
According to the senate website : The Senate gallery is open to visitors whenever the Senate is in session. Passes are required to enter the gallery at any time. Visitors may obtain gallery passes from the offices of their senators. Same is true for the House of Representatives.
So the people causing all the ruckus are there with the permission of their own senator. The politicians know and are allowing for the periodic disruptions. Nice.
But such acts of protest are not with potential penalty. PJ Media Report that disrupting a Senate committee hearing is also a criminal offense.
United States Code Chapter 40, Section 5104 makes it a crime to "willfully and knowingly ..."
with the intent to disrupt the orderly conduct of official business, enter or remain in a room in any of the Capitol Buildings set aside or designated for the use of either House of Congress or a Member, committee, officer, or employee of Congress, or either House of Congress; or utter loud, threatening, or abusive language, or engage in disorderly or disruptive conduct, at any place in the Grounds or in any of the Capitol Buildings with the intent to impede, disrupt, or disturb the orderly conduct of a session of Congress or either House of Congress, or the orderly conduct in that building of a hearing before, or any deliberations of, a committee of Congress or either House of Congress.