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Pro and anti-Kavanaugh protesters demonstrate in Phoenix

September 27, 2018
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Members of the Handmaid's Resistance AZ demonstrate in front of Republican Sen. Jeff Flake's office as they protest the Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018, in Phoenix, as Christine Blasey Ford testifies before a Senate committee in Washington. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

PHOENIX (AP) — A small group of supporters and opponents of embattled Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh are protesting in front of Sen. Jeff Flake’s office.

About a dozen people held pro-Donald Trump and American nominees on a sidewalk in Phoenix on Thursday, accusing Flake of assisting in a political effort to smear Kavanaugh.

Flake is seen as one of a few Republican senators who are wavering on their support of Kavanaugh, who is accused of a high school age sexual assault.

About a half dozen anti-Kavanaugh demonstrators, dressed in costumes from “The Handmaid’s Tale,” also showed up.

Kavanaugh’s accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, testified for the first time Thursday at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.

Republican senators tasked Rachel Mitchell, a Maricopa County prosecutor who has prosecuted sex crimes, with questioning Ford.

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