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December 2, 2015

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November 12, 2015

No Hazard Found in Suspicious Vehicle at Capitol

The scene outside the Capitol. (Photo via tipster)

The scene outside the Capitol. (Bridget Bowman/CQ Roll Call)

Capitol Police investigated a suspicious vehicle outside the Capitol for more than an hour Thursday night, though nothing hazardous was found.

A source with knowledge of the investigation told CQ Roll Call there appeared to be a pressure cooker inside the vehicle, which was located on the West Front of the Capitol.  Full story

November 9, 2015

Critics Decry Capitol Police ‘Old Boys’ Network’

(Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A two-word email sent on the eve of the Oct. 10 Million Man March prompted Capitol Police to confiscate the gun and badge of a newly promoted captain, only to return both items on Oct. 13.

The incident is still under investigation, according to outgoing Chief Kim C. Dine, who credits the department with taking “swift and appropriate action” when employees misbehave. But a congressional aide familiar with the captain’s case said the agency’s “old boys’ network is attempting to make an example of a woman who has a reputation for calling out improper behavior.” Full story

By Hannah Hess Posted at 11:50 a.m.
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November 3, 2015

Capitol Police Arrest One of Their Own on Arson Charges

UNITED STATES - JANUARY 23: Recruits line up in a side hallway before the start of the U.S. Capitol Police graduation ceremony for the 35 members of Recruit Officer Class #178 in the Capitol Visitor Center auditorium on Friday, Jan. 23, 2014. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A 12-year veteran of the Capitol Police was arrested Monday by the department, in connection with an alleged arson attempt on Halloween.

Rodney Perdue, 44, was charged as a “Fugitive from Justice.” Police booked the House Division cop around 1:45 p.m., pursuant to an extraditable arrest warrant issued by the Baltimore City Police Department on charges of attempted arson, arson by threat and reckless endangerment, stemming from a housing dispute. Full story

November 2, 2015

Cannon Asbestos Scare Raises Safety Questions

A portion of the Cannon basement is closed for construction. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

A portion of the Cannon basement is closed for construction. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

An asbestos scare in the Cannon House Office Building over the weekend has raised questions about workplace safety, as construction and renovation of the century-old structure continues.

Cannon was closed after work on Oct. 30 and for most of Oct. 31 as engineers and industrial hygienists investigated a potential asbestos leak during the ongoing Cannon Renewal Project. Though preliminary air samples tested negative for the carcinogen, the Architect of the Capitol’s website indicated late on Oct. 31 that “sample results were well below the regulatory limit for general space occupancy.” Full story

October 26, 2015

After Capitol Police Missteps, Congress Looks the Other Way

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The makers of the Glock boast that the pistol is “precisely engineered to meet the demanding specifications of military and law enforcement agencies worldwide.” It’s just the sort of item that should never find its way into the hands of a child.

Yet that’s exactly what happened on March 24. Full story

Cozy With the Cops

 (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)


James A. Thurber, director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies at American University, notes that lawmakers often become close to the Capitol Police and those running it.

“It becomes a bit cozy and they try to resolve things in a non-visible way, and I think that’s what’s going on here,” he says.

House Administration Chairwoman Candice S. Miller says she wishes Chief Kim C. Dine well but says the “rank and file” look forward to improving the culture.

“Of course, we don’t appoint the chief. That’s by the Capitol Police Board, which is its own odd structure here,” the retiring Michigan Republican says. “It’s sort of a holdover from over 100 years ago.”

Miller has encouraged the Capitol Police Board to “cast a very wide net” in the search for Dine’s successor.

Rep. Rich Nugent, for one, isn’t convinced any amount of searching will matter.

“It’s just a screwy setup,” he says. “The House has oversight in name only. We can’t do anything. We can’t fire. We can’t hire.

“It’s just an old archaic system the way it’s set up today, which makes it nonaccountable.”

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September 30, 2015

GOP Staffer Agrees to Testify in D.C. Superior Court (Updated)

Adam Eidinger incolonial garb as part of a March protest. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Eidinger, left, is challenging his arrest during an April hearing. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 4:03 p.m. | Outrage over Capitol Hill’s meddling in the District of Columbia’s affairs could soon come full circle.

The Republican staff director of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has agreed to trek from the halls of Congress to a local courtroom on Nov. 19. Sean McLaughlin will testify in D.C. Superior Court on why he directed a D.C. activist to leave the panel’s hearing room during an April 21 markup. Full story

September 24, 2015

House Oversight Leaders Move to Quash Subpoenas

Ranking member Cummings, left, and Chairman Chaffetz, right, head the Oversight and Government Reform Committee. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Ranking member Cummings, left, and Chairman Chaffetz were subpoenaed for documents and testimony. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Holding the gavel on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee might make Chairman Jason Chaffetz the most subpoena-happy member of Congress.

But the tables were turned Thursday, when the Utah Republican notified the House clerk that he had moved to quash a subpoena issued by the D.C. Superior Court in connection with a criminal case involving an activist for statehood. Chaffetz, ranking member Elijah E. Cummings, D-Md., and the panel’s Republican staff director are all fighting subpoena requests for documents and testimony tied to the case. Full story

September 23, 2015

Michigan Militia Group Disavows Threat to Stabenow

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

If Jon Ritzheimer travels to Michigan trying to arrest Sen. Debbie Stabenow for treason because of her support for the Iran nuclear deal, he may find a line of volunteer militia men guarding the Michigan Democrat.

“This is wrong. It sounds like mob rule to me,” said Lou Vondette, of the Southeast Michigan Volunteer Militia, one of the oldest active militias in the state. “We have no idea what this guy has on his mind,” Vondette said in a phone interview. The threats sound “just as terrifying to [us], as to anyone reading the story.” Full story

September 22, 2015

Militia Organizer Threatens to Arrest Stabenow Over Iran Deal

UNITED STATES - August 16: Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., speaks to a small crowd as she campaigns for democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at the Scott County Democrats Picnic in the Park in Eldridge, Iowa, on Sunday, August 16, 2015. A majority of the crowd left after hearing Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-Vt., speak prior. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

The man threatening Stabenow claims strong ties to a Michigan militia group. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Capitol Police are investigating a man identifying himself as an “Oathkeeper” and an “American Patriot who has everything to lose” who has threatened to arrest Sen. Debbie Stabenow for treason because of her support for the Iran nuclear deal.

Jon Ritzheimer, the Arizona resident who reportedly attracted FBI attention when he organized an anti-Muslim protest rally and “draw Muhammad” cartoon contest at a Phoenix mosque, shared his plan to organize with fellow U.S. Marines in an open letter posted online Monday. Full story

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