Texas Republican Rep. Troy Nehls said Tuesday that one of his staffers caught the United States Capitol Police in the act of “illegally” entering his office as part of an alleged investigation.
Nehls accused Capitol Police officers of illegally entering his office twice during the week of Thanksgiving last year, he also claims that at that time they photographed sensitive legislative items.
“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,” Nehls said, adding that Capitol Police “never informed myself or senior-level staff of their investigation.”
“They had no authority to photograph my office, let alone investigate myself or members of my staff,” Nehls stated.
“So, why is the Capitol Police Leadership maliciously investigating me in an attempt to destroy me and my character?” He asked.
While Nehls said that the reasons for their actions were “clear,” he did not elaborate. However, he suggested that the investigation came in retaliation to his criticism of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the January 6 Committee, and the Capitol Police itself.
Nehls is part of an unofficial Republican committee related to the Jan. 6 riot, though the committee is not officially recognized, has relatively little funding, no permanent staff, and no subpoena power. He was originally named to be a GOP member on the select committee, but Republicans refused to participate after Pelosi refused to seat Reps. Jim Jordan and Jim Banks.
Nehls said Monday that the group’s findings would support previous arguments that law enforcement was not adequately prepared to combat the rioters.