A group of former intelligence officers from the Capitol Police force has become whistleblowers and revealed actions by the Capitol police that they feel violate the Constitution of the United States. Solomon Law Firm attorney Dan Gebhardt told Politico in a lengthy statement that he represents five former intelligence officers who are concerned that actions by the Capitol Police violate the Constitutional rights of American citizens. Gebhardt’s clients all served in the Capitol Police during January 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol.
Gebhardt described some specific issues that his clients said were suspicious at best and could be criminal. A religious leader officiated over a funeral that was attended by a member of congress. The big brass ordered investigators to look into the religious leader’s background. For presiding over a funeral? You gotta be kidding me. In another case, analysts were told to look into relatives of a member of Congress. The Gestapo must be looking for new political prisoners to beat up.
“Analysts’ complaints were filed with the USCP chain of command, Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) and Inspector General (IG), as well as Congressional committees.”
The whistleblowers are also concerned about new procedures put in place after January 6th. It is customary that whenever a member of Congress gives a tour of the Capitol is to give the Capitol police the names of those getting the tour. They now scour the internet to find posts by the visitors to see what they have posted. Sometimes they end up investigating congressional staffers as well.
Republicans in Congress have accused the Capitol Police of spying on GOP members. Rep. Troy Nehls (R-TX) in February said that Capitol Police in November of last year “entered [his] office without [his] knowledge and photographed confidential legislative products.” Nehls added that Capitol Police agents later questioned his staff while dressed as construction workers.
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) released a statement following Nehls’ claims saying that Gohmert’s mail was being illegally routed through the Department of Justice before coming to his office. He also suggested that Nehls’ allegations are an example of “Democrat’s spying on political opponents.”
Capitol Police Chief Thomas Manger denied Nehls’ allegations in a statement afterward. Nehls also revealed in a January letter to Congress that the Capitol Police Inspector General would conduct an investigation into the spying allegations.
I don’t believe or trust the Capitol police any farther than I can throw them.