On Tuesday, Texas’s Republican Congressman Troy Nehls released a series of tweets revealing the Capitol Police illegally investigating his office.
Rep. Nehls, a vocal critic of the partisan hack January 6th Committee and of the shooting death of Air Force veteran Ashli Babbitt, tweeted:
“The @CapitolPolice Intelligence Division investigated my office illegally, and one of my staffers caught them in the act.
On November 20th, 2021, Capitol Police entered my office without my knowledge and photographed confidential legislative products protected by the Speech and Debate clause enshrined in the Constitution, Article 1 Section 6.
Two days later, on Monday, November 22, 2021 (Thanksgiving week), three intelligence officers attempted to enter my office while the House was in recess.Advertisement
Upon discovering a member of my staff, special agents dressed like construction workers began to question him as to the contents of a photograph taken illegally two days earlier.
@CapitolPolice never informed myself or senior-level staff of their investigation, and the reasons are clear.
They had no authority to photograph my office, let alone investigate myself or members of my staff. So, why is the Capitol Police Leadership maliciously investigating me in an attempt to destroy me and my character?
Maybe it is because I have been a vocal critic of @SpeakerPelosi, the @January6thCmte, and @CapitolPolice leadership about their handling of January 6th, the death of Ashli Babbitt, and the subsequent SHAM investigation.
The @CapitolPolice Intelligence Division investigated my office illegally and one of my staffers caught them in the act.
— Congressman Troy Nehls (@RepTroyNehls) February 8, 2022
Now, several Republican leaders have written a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Committee on House Administration Chairwoman Zoe Lofgren, urging them to investigate these reports of Capitol Police monitoring lawmakers and citizens. This letter also indicates that the Capitol Police have also been “monitoring the online activity of congressional staff and individuals who meet with Members of Congress.”
“Additionally, Capitol Police were directed to look for information on donors and staff ‘that would cast a member in a negative light,’” the letter reads. “If true, these allegations are serious violations of Americans’ civil rights and civil liberties. Our constituents have the right to petition Congress and they should be able to exercise this right without fear that Capitol Police will scrutinize their property taxes, social media, or relationships.”
Arizona Rep. Andy Briggs gave Fox News Digital a statement on the letter, saying, “Recent reports state that the Capitol Police are surveilling Members of Congress, Congressional staff, and their Capitol visitors.”
“If these reports are true,” Briggs said, “that the Capitol Police force is actively looking for and reviewing private information, then this is a gross violation of American civil liberties and an abuse of power. I’m calling on Speaker Pelosi and Chairwoman Lofgren to do what is best for the American people and look into this troubling report.”
Pelosi, however, claims that Capitol Police are not under her control.
When pressed about the allegations by the Washington Times, Pelosi said, “I have no power over the Capitol Police. Does anybody not know that? The Capitol Police have responded to that gentleman’s allegation, and that stands as what it is, but I have no power over them.”
Watch Nancy Pelosi completely SNAP and lose her absolute mind when asked on abusing power of Capitol Police pic.twitter.com/PqGCgiDZ9I
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) February 9, 2022
However, Nehls tweeted out a graphic that lays out the chain of command in regards to the US Capitol Police.
— Congressman Troy Nehls (@RepTroyNehls) February 9, 2022
On Fox News’ ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight’, Rep. Nehls explained the severity of the situation, saying, “They’re weaponizing these federal law enforcement agencies and intelligence agencies.”