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May 21, 2015

Doug Hughes: Congress Must Honor Vows to ‘We the People’

Hughes soaks in the support at the courthouse. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Hughes soaks in the support at the courthouse. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Florida mailman Douglas Hughes got a hero’s welcome when he returned to Washington Thursday to face six charges related to his April 15 landing on the West Front of the Capitol.

In a lofty speech to supporters and about two dozen reporters, Hughes called on lawmakers to “honor the vows of fidelity implicit in the Constitution.” The 61-year-old advocate for campaign finance reform clarified, that’s “fidelity to ‘We the People.'” Full story

April 29, 2015

Senate Aide Pleads ‘Not Guilty’ to Drug Charges

In a federal courtroom blocks from the Capitol, a Senate aide who spent the past three decades working for Mississippi Republican Thad Cochran pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to two serious drug charges related to methamphetamine and date rape drugs.

Fred W. Pagan, 49, said little more than “yes, ma’am” during the brief arraignment, and was escorted out of the courtroom by a public defender, who told reporters not to follow along. Pagan indicated he has hired an attorney, and asked not to be contacted by law enforcement without the presence of counsel. Full story

By Hannah Hess Posted at 3:36 p.m.
DC Crime, Staffers

April 24, 2015

Cochran Staffer Confesses to Sex-for-Drugs Scheme, Feds Say

Cochran is Mississippi's senior senator. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Cochran is Mississippi’s senior senator. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Agents from Homeland Security Investigations raided the Northwest Washington home of a Senate staffer at approximately 6 a.m. Thursday morning, in a drug bust prompted by Customs and Border Protection officers in Ohio, who intercepted a 1.1-kilogram package of gamma-Butyrolactone, or GBL, bound for D.C.

Fred W. Pagan, who has worked for Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., since October 2000, allegedly confessed to ordering the GBL, a Schedule 1 controlled drug, from a business in China, and admitted he knew it was illegal. According to court documents filed in U.S. District Court, Pagan also admitted he had received three prior shipments of the drug. Full story

By Hannah Hess Posted at 4:54 p.m.
DC Crime, Staffers

April 17, 2015

White House Fence Jumper Who Kicked K-9 Pleads Guilty

The Maryland man who scaled the White House fence in October and was caught on camera kicking one of the Secret Service’s big Belgian Malinois dogs pled guilty Friday to a federal charge stemming from the intrusion.

Dominic Adesanya, 23, formerly of Bel Air, Md., has been in custody since his Oct. 22 arrest on the White House grounds, a high-profile security scare that took place four weeks after another man made it into the executive mansion, allegedly armed with a knife. Full story

March 18, 2015

No Criminal Charges for Drone Lost on White House Grounds

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia announced Wednesday there will be no criminal charges against the intelligence agency employee who set off a national security furor after crashing a drone on the grounds of the White House early Jan. 26.

The incident caused some lawmakers to question the Federal Aviation Administration’s drone policy in the District of Columbia.

Though there will be no criminal charges, the case is still under FAA review for possible administrative action.

According to a Justice Department release, investigators determined the man was flying the quadcopter drone outside his apartment window at about 3 a.m. when he lost control of the device as it flew toward the nearby White House.

According to the report, the man went to sleep not knowing where the drone had gone. After he awoke to news reports of the crash on the White House grounds, he self-reported the incident to the Secret Service.

A forensic analysis of the drone determined that it was not operating under the direction of its controller when it crashed at the White House.

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December 23, 2014

Does Steve Stockman Case Argue Merits of Subpoena Power for Ethics Office?

Stockman and 11 others refused to cooperate in ethics probe. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Stockman and 11 others refused to cooperate in the ethics probe. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

For evidence of how the Office of Congressional Ethics could use subpoena power, look at its investigation of Rep. Steve Stockman.

The Texas Republican drew the office’s attention in October 2013 for campaign contributions made to his group, Friends of Congressman Steve Stockman. Investigators got a tip that Stockman conspired to accept donations from two employees of his congressional office. If true, the illegal contribution would be the latest in a series of controversies. Full story

December 1, 2014

D.C. Concealed Carry Fight Could Provoke Congress, Contempt of Court

Rand Paul has fired multiple shots at D.C.'s gun laws. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Paul has fired multiple shots at D.C.’s gun laws. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

On Tuesday, the D.C. Council will consider a more permanent version of the emergency measure that revived the city’s long-standing concealed carry law. That bill turned D.C. into a “may-issue jurisdiction,” where authorities have discretion over who may carry and where they are allowed.

At the same time, a pro-gun lawyer is on a mission to achieve what Second Amendment proponents in Congress have tried to do since the landmark District of Columbia v. Heller ruling: Wipe out the city’s restrictions on carrying handguns.

Attorney Alan Gura argues the city’s plan for issuing concealed carry permits does not meet the requirements set forth by Judge Frederick Scullin in the July 26 ruling that declared the D.C.’s ban on carrying handguns unconstitutional. Gura has asked the court to hold the city in contempt. Full story

November 11, 2014

Democratic Pollster by Day, Capitol Hill Crime Fighter by Night

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A burglar broke into the Capitol Hill home of Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., and her husband, Stanley Greenberg, a prominent Democratic pollster, on Nov. 7. But the crime was thwarted when Greenberg, 69, arrived home some time after 5:30 p.m. and found the burglar inside, according to multiple media reports.

Cops responded minutes later, after receiving a call from the alarm company, and found a man armed with a large knife in the upstairs bedroom, the Metropolitan Police Department said in an email to the community. The suspect, John Chaplin, a 55-year-old Southeast D.C. resident, was arrested and charged with one count of burglary, according to court documents and media reports. Full story

By Hannah Hess Posted at 12:11 p.m.
DC Crime

November 4, 2014

Rand Paul: Let D.C. Legalize Marijuana, If Voters Want

Paul votes on Election Day at Briarwood Elementary School in Bowling Green. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Paul votes on Election Day at Briarwood Elementary School in Bowling Green. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — As District of Columbia voters are seemingly poised to approve a ballot item to allow cultivation and possession of small quantities of marijuana for personal use, the Republican in charge of a subpanel with D.C. oversight says home rule should prevail.

“I think there should be a certain amount of discretion for both states and territories and the District, you know,” Sen. Rand Paul said outside his polling place at an elementary school here. “I think really that when we set up our country, we intended that most crime or not crime, things that we determined to be crime or not crimes, was really intended to be determined by localities.”

Full story

October 14, 2014

Benghazi Attack Suspect Indicted With 17 New Charges

U.S. Marshals set up a perimeter around the convoy of vehicles reportedly carrying Ahmed Abu Khattala after his pretrial detention hearing in D.C. on July 2. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images News File Photo)

U.S. Marshals set up a perimeter around the convoy of vehicles carrying Khattala after his pretrial detention hearing in D.C.(Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images News File Photo)

The Libyan national being prosecuted for his alleged participation in the September 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi faces charges that could be punishable by death, following an indictment by a federal grand jury in the District of Columbia on Tuesday.

Ahmed Abu Khatallah, a.k.a. Ahmed Mukatallah, 43, faces 17 new charges related to the attack, which resulted in the deaths of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and other U.S. government personnel. Ten of those new offenses could carry death sentences.

Khatallah was initially indicted on June 26 on the charge of conspiracy to provide material support and resources to terrorists resulting in death. That charge carries a potential life sentence. Full story

By Hannah Hess Posted at 7:06 p.m.
DC Crime

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