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Lawmakers react to Trump's Supreme Court nomination of judge Brett Kavanaugh

Demonstrators chant, 'We believe Christine Ford'

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Demonstrators have congregated in a Senate office building to protest Republicans' handling of the sexual-assault accusation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

A group of roughly 100 people marched to the office of Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley on Thursday for a sit-in, some with fists raised.

The Iowa Republican senator plans a hearing on Monday for testimony from Kavanaugh and accuser Christine Blasey Ford, if she appears. Ford and Democrats want the FBI to investigate her allegations Kavanaugh assaulted her three decades ago, but Republicans are refusing.

The demonstrators chanted, "We believe Anita Hill! We believe Christine Ford!" Some told Grassley aides they themselves have been victims of harassment.

Hill is the law professor who during the Senate's 1991 consideration of Clarence Thomas' Supreme Court nomination accused him of sexual harassment.

Thomas and Kavanaugh have denied the accusations against them.

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