Nine charged with trespassing at Manchin’s office after protesting Kavanaugh


Charleston Gazette-Mail

A group of women occupied the campaign headquarters of Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. in Charleston Monday afternoon.
(Gazette-Mail photo by F. Brian Ferguson)

This story was updated at 2:15 a.m. Tuesday to reflect charges filed after its original publication

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Nine women were charged with trespassing just before 1 a.m. Tuesday after staging a sit-in at Sen. Joe Manchin’s Charleston campaign office, calling on him to vote against the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Seventeen women originally entered the office just after 2 p.m. Monday, making it known they would not leave until Manchin pledged to oppose Kavanaugh’s confirmation. Though they successfully got Manchin to agree to a nearly 40-minute conference call that they shared on social media, they could not get him to take a position one way or another on Kavanaugh.

Lt. Autumn Davis of the Charleston Police Department declined to comment Tuesday morning, although she said nine people had been charged.

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