Fall River Rep’s Chief of Staff Caught Defacing MTG Posters
WASHINGTON, DC – Chief of Staff for U.S. Representative from Massachusetts Jake Auchincloss, a moderate Democrat whose district includes Fall River, was caught by U.S. Capitol police defacing posters belonging to a right-wing Georgia congresswoman .
Marjorie Taylor Greene tweeted footage of an arrest warrant for Auchincloss chief of staff Timothy Hysom on Monday.
According to the warrant, beginning in January, Hysom repeatedly placed Christian-themed stickers on a poster just outside Greene’s office in the Longworth House office building on Independence Avenue in DC.
Hysom allegedly affixed stickers to the posters numerous times in February and March, before a surveillance camera was installed and he was filmed placing the stickers on the poster.
Greene tweeted that although Capitol Police referred the matter to the Justice Department, they declined to charge Hysom with any offense.
U.S. Capitol Police confirmed the case was referred to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia in March, but the office declined to proceed.
“Posters have been defaced with religious stickers at least five times” since January, Capitol Police wrote in a statement.
The arrest warrant notes that Greene claimed destruction of private property to the tune of approximately $350 for the seven posters Hysom allegedly defaced.
According to the warrant, Hysom allegedly placed stickers containing phrases such as “Anyone who says ‘Lord, Lord’ to me shall not enter the kingdom of heaven” and “True followers of Christ do not say what you say, act the way you act and treat people like you treat people” on Greene’s poster.
The poster itself proclaimed, in part, “There are only two genders: male and female,” the warrant noted.
Auchincloss spokesman Matt Corridoni noted that members of Congress “do not own the exterior walls of their offices” and that posters are prohibited in hallways of House office buildings.
“Placing a sticker — on a poster that shouldn’t be there in the first place — is not a federal crime,” he said, adding that police were obligated to forward Greene’s charges, but the bureau of the US Attorney declined to prosecute.
Corridoni went on to note that the stickers were “never threatening,” but called Greene’s posters “crass, mean-spirited” and “intimidating,” saying they were aimed at an unidentified congressman from the United States. other side of the room.
“MP Auchincloss knew nothing of what his chief of staff had done,” he added.
Auchincloss also recently made headlines after one of his aides let late-night TV host Stephen Colbert’s staff into the Longworth House building after hours.
Several CBS staff members were arrested in the incident.
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