Anonymous letter from apparent Capitol Police officers riles Jan. 6 commission debate
The letter, which was not officially issued by the U.S. Capitol Police, admonished Congress members for opposing the commission
By Suzie Ziegler
WASHINGTON — An anonymous letter sent to members of Congress on Wednesday criticized lawmakers for opposing a commission to investigate the Jan. 6 attack at the U.S. Capitol.
The authors of the statement, which was written on official U.S. Capitol Police letterhead, said they were members of the force. The U.S. Capitol Police responded swiftly, saying the missive was not an official statement.
USCP does NOT take positions on legislation. pic.twitter.com/LSu38jbIqd— U.S. Capitol Police (@CapitolPolice) May 19, 2021
The letter, obtained by Politico, reads in part:
“On Jan 6th, where some officers served their last day in US Capitol Police uniform, and not by choice, we would hope that Members whom we took an oath to protect, would at the very minimum support an investigation to get to the bottom of EVERYONE responsible and hold them 100 percent accountable no matter the title of position they hold or held.”
NEWS: MEMBERS of the U.S. Capitol Police have issued a statement to members of Congress expressing "profound disappointment" with McConnell and McCarthy's positions on the Jan. 6 commission, citing the "trauma" that officers endured that day. pic.twitter.com/CRweVhIAnD— Olivia Beavers (@Olivia_Beavers) May 19, 2021
While the authors’ identities remain hidden, the statement was distributed by the office of Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), according to Politico. An email from Raskin’s office, obtained by Politico, said that Raskin had spent months speaking with Capitol Police officers before officers decided to release the statement.
Both House and Senate minority leaders said they would oppose the proposed panel to investigate the Jan. 6 events.