SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, Oct. 9, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — Salt Lake police were called to an incident that occurred at a protest against the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh on Monday evening.
The Salt Lake City Police Department said in a news release that protesters were gathered at the Wallace F. Bennett Federal Building at 125 S. State St. just before 6:45 p.m.
“An incident happened when a protester tore up another protester’s sign and that protester fell down,” the news release said. “Officers arrived and calmed the situation, allowing for the protesters to continue in a safe manner.”
The U.S. Senate by a 50-48 vote confirmed the Supreme Court nomination of Kavanaugh on Saturday.
Before the vote, party leaders gave a final plea for their case. Senate Minority leader Charles Schumer urged people to get out and vote in November.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said there could not be a more qualified candidate and said the vote will “end this brief, dark chapter in the Senate’s history and turn the page to a brighter tomorrow.”
On Friday by a razor-thin margin, the Senate voted mostly down party lines in a 51-49 vote to move forward with a final confirmation vote for Kavanaugh, a move that sparked protests on the steps of the Capitol and across the nation.
The confirmation process stalled in September amid allegations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh which resulted the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing testimony from the nominee and Christine Blasey Ford, who alleges Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were in high school.
Kavanaugh denies the allegation, which also prompted an investigation by the FBI limited in scope and time. The outcome of the investigation declared the FBI had not found any corroborating witnesses to back Ford’s claim. Democrats are complaining the FBI investigation is inconclusive and say they failed to interview key witnesses.