HuffPost reporter Matt Fuller witnessed and reported on these incidents and was questioned by Capitol Police about both of the clashes. Fuller describes the events he witnessed and the information he gave the police:
On January 12, the night of the first voting following the U.S. Capitol’s uprising and the decision to move magnetometers outside the chamber of the house, HuffPost watched Rep. Russ Fulcher (R-Idaho) roughly slip past an officer, the detectors served the metal. The best way to describe what Fulcher did was that he “mistreated” the officer, a black woman significantly shorter than the Congressman …
HuffPost was also … a physical witness from Harris who tried to get another member who had just left the floor to hold his gun for him while Harris was voting. Harris went through the magnetometer that day, set the machine down, and then followed a search with a metal detector wand. The officer conducting the search found a gun on Harris’ side and had a confidential conversation with the congressman. Harris quickly turned back to the elevators, stood for a moment in a small vestibule outside the elevator benches, and again spoke quietly to a member. Harris’ comments were inaudible, but HuffPost overheard Rep. John Katko (RN.Y.) respond, “I don’t have a license for this.”
Fuller confirmed with a Capitol official that Harris actually carried a gun, despite saying he did not see the gun. The concern for the Capitol Police, Fuller says based on the question, was that Harris’ gun was hidden. While members are allowed to have firearms in the Capitol Complex, they cannot be on the floor of the house. In addition, anyone carrying hidden weapons anywhere in the District of Columbia must have a permit, including members of Congress.
The investigation into Harris began last month. At the time, his office issued a statement stating, “He has a Maryland Handgun Permit for public reasons. And the Congressman always sticks to the house’s metal detectors and wands. The Congressman never has a gun on the floor The police could question Fuller on the matter now to see if Harris has the necessary permits to have this weapon in Washington.
The Fulcher investigation is new news, although it is not clear what sparked it and the Capitol Police are not saying it. Fuller said he attempted to interview the officer after the incident, “but she didn’t want to speak to the press. However, we found that she appeared shocked by the interaction.” The day after the incident and after Fuller’s tweets describing what he had seen viral, Fulcher tweeted, “The Capitol Police are heroes. I continue to support and thank them for their service,” but ignored the skirmish . He also lied and tweeted, “I have not seen any rude interactions between members and the Capitol police force.”
His office offered KTVB, NBC’s local subsidiary in Boise, the following statement: “We are not aware of any investigations or interests other than a social media tweet. Should there be any further inquiries, we look forward to officially fabricating the record on these Media accusations. Please remember, however, that in this largely hostile political environment, neither truth nor fairness is the goal. “
Yeah, we already know he’s a liar. He and Harris are also part of the uproar, the 147 Republicans who voted to reverse the election results after the January 6 attack on the Capitol.