In late Jan., there was news of several occasions that the Capitol Police appeared to be spying on GOP congressional members. These actions came after the obvious politicization of the force that happened after Jan. 6th, including the growing of its intelligence-getting mission in places that are, questionable.
A new example of spying has come out via The Federalist, this one involves Troy Nehls (R-TX). According to a recent police report that was issued by a USCP officer, Nehls’ congressional office was breached without his permission and his documents were pictured because they looked to be “suspicious.”
In reality, the mentioning of “body armor” that was on his whiteboard was related to a federal contractor in the state of Texas that had committed fraud by giving Chinese-made body armor instead of American-made body armor.
The police report had been purposely filed out of context. The whiteboard had other legal issues on it, but they were not mentioned by the trespassing officer, which made it look as though Nehls was planning something with the body armor. In reality, Nehls, as the past Sheriff of Fort Bend County, was really drafting legislation to ban the Chinese-made body armor.
Regardless, the reason for the office breakin is not important. The USCP went into a private area without permission, took information and then caused officers to have to hassle the staff afterward about it.
Nehls responded with indignation about what had happened.
“If the Capitol Police had used as much time getting ready for Jan. 6 as they spent on investigating my documents, the Jan. 6 riot would not have happened,” Nehls, a past law enforcement officer, said to The Federalist. “When I was a patrol officer going to a call, I did not have the authority or time to go looking through someone’s documents. This is a serious forth Amendment, constitutional issue at play here.”
Now, the USCP Inspector General has started an investigation into these new events. Unfortunately, the review is probably being done as a way to reinforce the USCP’s actions, since it was requested by Chief J. Thomas Manger. You can think that would not be happening if he did not feel that the verdict was already decided.
The USCP did not only conduct surveillance on Nehls, but they even entered his office and photographed his private communications. The USCP saying later that they had actually been concerned about an outside danger does not add up, nor does it excuse what they did.
There are many issues riding on the Nov. election, and even though this is probably not the most important one, it is one the Republicans should take seriously. If the USCP can act this way toward elected officials, just think how federal police agencies are treating regular, United States citizens?
When GOP takes back the House, one of the 1st orders of business must be reining in Manger and his “intelligence gathering” operation.