Two Republican members of Congress are under investigation by the U.S. Capitol Police for incidents involving the metal detectors set up at the entrance of the House chamber, according to a disturbing new report from Matt Fuller of HuffPost:
“On Jan. 12, the night of the first votes after the U.S. Capitol insurrection and the decision to put magnetometers outside the House chamber, HuffPost observed Rep. Russ Fulcher (R-Idaho) roughly push his way past an officer who was operating the metal detectors. The best way to describe what Fulcher did was he ‘manhandled’ the officer, a Black woman who was significantly smaller than the congressman.
“Fulcher set off the magnetometer that night, and the officer inadvertently seemed to get in his way as he tried to rush past her. But what started as one of those dances you do with someone when you both zig and zag as you try to get around each other, ended as a physical interaction. Fulcher grabbed the officer with both hands and pushed past her roughly.”
The other incident took place on Jan. 21 and involved Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD). Harris allegedly tried to bring a loaded gun onto the floor of the House of Representatives, which set off the metal detector and led to Harris trying to hand a gun to a colleague:
“Harris went through the magnetometer that day, set off the machine and then complied with a search with a metal detector wand. The police officer conducting the search located a gun on Harris’s side and had a hushed conversation with the congressman. Harris quickly turned back to the elevators, stood around for a moment in a small vestibule outside of the elevator banks and had another quiet conversation with a member. Harris’s comments were not audible, but HuffPost heard Rep. John Katko (R-N.Y.) reply, ‘I don’t have a license for that.'”
Capitol police are said to be most interested in the fact that Harris attempted to conceal the weapon he was carrying.
Neither Fulcher or Harris have been charged, but police officials say both are the subject of “active investigations.”
What exactly does a member of Congress need a loaded gun for when they’re at work? If they’re that paranoid, maybe they should resign their seats and stay at home behind their barricades.
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