A special agent from the United States Capitol Police Protective Services Office has been accused of disclosing the secret location to which lawmakers were taken during the January 6 Capitol riot.
The agent could be subject to disciplinary action for the alleged improper dissemination of information, according to McClatchy.
The reported allegation came after the agent spoke to a friend about a week after the insurgency, in which a pro-Trump mob stormed the United States Capitol to prevent Congress from certifying President Joe Biden’s victory in the Electoral College.
During the conversation, the special agent reportedly shared information about the secret location of the lawmakers riot to which he helped evacuate members of Congress on January 6 during the siege on Capitol Hill.
In internal investigation documents obtained by McClatchy, the friend is referred to as “Anonymous”. The friend called the FBI hotline to report the conversation and expressed concerns that the agent believed in electoral conspiracy theories spurred on by former President Donald Trump.
The documents show that in a follow-up interview with Capitol Police, the friend said: “I don’t want to denounce a forty-year-old friend, but he says enough about the statements that I feel I have to do… he just fell into this cult and these beliefs.
The agent said he disagreed with the cause of those who stormed the Capitol, but said he may have unwittingly shared information about the secret and secure location where the Lawmakers were whisked away as the crowds closed in.
“I can’t say one hundred percent that I didn’t do what you tell me I did,” the officer told investigators, according to McClatchy.
Documents from the internal investigation also show that a Capitol Hill police officer told investigators he posed with a rioter for a selfie during the siege so the crowd member could be identified later. The officer, who faces disciplinary action, did not notify his supervisor of the plan, the FBI or the Capitol Police investigative unit.
The officer eventually informed his superiors of the alleged scheme when the FBI contacted Capitol Police about the use of the officer’s image in Facebook posts. The FBI was using social media posts to obtain an arrest warrant.
The officer’s name is redacted in the documents and is one of six people who could face penalties for their actions on January 6. The recommendations for disciplinary action were made following internal investigations by the Professional Accountability Office. Three of the cases involved an officer posing for photos with rioters.
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