Republicans are pressing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Committee on Administration Chairwoman Zoe Lofgren to investigate the breadth of the Capitol Police’s monitoring of members of Congress and their staff. According to a recent report, Capitol Police also monitor the internet behavior of congressional employees and people who meet with them. According to the legislators, this creates severe constitutional problems.
Unfortunately, asking Pelosi to investigate this is probably not the most excellent idea because they can’t trust anything she says. They have to wonder why the Capitol Police were doing this in the first place and who may be behind it. The Capitol Police did not dispute it. Instead, they attempted to rationalize it as required for security reasons in a statement. None of what they’re supposedly doing appears to be justified in the name of security.
Moreover, Analysts combed through donors’ social media profiles for any foreign links they could have. The team also looked into a meeting conducted in a private house by Sen. Rick Scott with contributors. Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) and Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA) are suing the Senate Rules Committee, alleging that hidden investigators dug up dirt on him. “These accusations are quite concerning,” stated Scott’s spokeswoman.
Last November, Capitol Police entered Rep. Troy Nehls’ office without his consent and photographed secret legislative material he held. They returned two days later dressed as construction workers, confronted a staff member, and interrogated him about the photo they had taken incorrectly. The term “body armor” referred to a federal contractor in Texas who had defrauded the government by delivering Chinese-made body armor rather than American-made body armor.
Members of Congress and their offices are sworn to be safe by the United States Capitol Police. If a Member’s office is left open and unattended with no one inside, USCP personnel must document the situation and secure the office. One of our alert officers saw the Congressman’s door was wide open the weekend before Thanksgiving. There was no need for an inquiry or further action. No case investigation of the Representative or his staff was ever launched or conducted.
Congressman Troy Nehls claims that an officer improperly photographed private legislative documents. According to a spokeswoman for Nehls, the photo is protected under the US constitution’s speech and debate section.