Police Debunk GOP Congressman Claim Of Secret Investigation

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Police Chief Tom Manger is disputing Representative Troy Nehls accusation that Capitol police illegally investigated his office. The police chief confirmed that there had not been an investigation into Nehls’ office that day or ever. Then, he explained the Capitol Police’s protocol in an instance such as occurred around last Thanksgiving, The Texas Tribune reported:

‘If a Member’s office is left open and unsecured, without anyone inside the office, USCP officers are directed to document that and secure the office to ensure nobody can wander in and steal or do anything else nefarious.’

Congressman Troy Nehls tweeted:

‘The @CapitolPolice Intelligence Division investigated my office illegally and one of my staffers caught them in the act.’

Nehls went so far as to indicate the Capitol Police were going through his office and taking photographs. Indeed, he believed it was due to his negative remarks about Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and the House January 6 Select Committee. But the congressman did not provide any proof to bolster his claim.

Then, the Manager released a statement, which can be found on the U.S. Capitol Police webpage:

‘The United States Capitol Police is sworn to protect Members of Congress.’

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‘The weekend before Thanksgiving, one of our vigilant officers spotted the Congressman’s door was wide open. That Monday, USCP personnel personally followed up with the Congressman’s staff and determined no investigation or further action of any kind was needed. No case investigation was ever initiated or conducted into the Representative or his staff.’

But Nehls denied the police chief’s explanation. Instead, he called it a  “mischaracterization” of events. Tuesday Nehls released this Twitter statement:

‘I am looking forward to the OIG investigation into this matter since Capitol Police leadership cannot be relied upon to hold themselves accountable. I also respectfully ask the Capitol Police to release the photo that prompted this criminal investigation.’

 


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