The Grim Scene Outside Today’s Senate GOP Lunch

September 26, 2018 4:22 pm

On the days when Vice President Mike Pence attends one of Republicans’ regular lunch meetings, as he did today, things are always a little more hectic for the reporters staking them out — there’s more security, and more restrictions on where we can go.

But the scene outside Wednesday’s caucus meeting was even more crazed than usual on the eve of a hearing with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and a woman who’s accused him of sexual misconduct. Just hours before the lunch began, another woman, represented by Michael Avenatti, came out with similar allegations. Dozens of reporters packed the second floor of the U.S. Capitol building, outside the dining room across the hall from the Senate chamber, where GOPers typically gather.

The meeting went late, wrapping up about 25 minutes after than 1:45 p.m. ET, when Wednesday’s only Senate vote was scheduled. And when members did begin to trickle out, most of them bee-lined for the chamber and kept their heads down as reporters peppered them with questions about the allegations against the judge, and whether the Senate was doing enough to investigate them before a confirmation vote early next week.

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