U.S. Capitol Police arrested a male Democratic operative on Thursday for assaulting a female Interior Department communications official following a House budget hearing.
The altercation happened after Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke finished testifying on the department’s 2019 budget proposal. He was speaking before the House Committee on Natural Resources.
The suspect identified himself as a reporter with American Bridge and pushed a female Interior Department communications official to the floor as she chased after Zinke.
Laura Rigas, the Interior communications director, said she was “greatly alarmed and extremely irate that a female senior member of my DOI Communications team was physically assaulted today by a Democrat staffer from the PAC American Bridge.”
In a statement to the media Heather Swift, press secretary Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said:
First of all I want to thank the Capitol Police for their quick action and professionalism.
It happened so fast. It was terrifying and I still can’t believe it happened. He is a big guy. He came up behind me fast, aggressive and very physical. Who knows what this lunatic was thinking?
Since joining the Trump Administration I’ve received harassing and threatening tweets, emails, phone calls, and letters (to include death threats) but being physically targeted and assaulted brings it to another level. This violent action only strengthens my desire to serve my president and my country.
Democrats claim to support women but they allow their operatives to assault women. They need to immediately denounce this type of violent behavior.
These politically motivated, personal, written, verbal, and now physical attacks against Trump administration officials must stop. Violent physical attacks have no place in politics, at work, or in our society. The perpetrator has been arrested and charged, and we thank the Capitol Police for their quick action.”
The police report filed by Interior officials has not yet been processed, it will be made public in 7 to 10 days.
“We are appalled to hear of the events following yesterday’s hearing where a member of Secretary Zinke’s staff was victim to an assault,” committee spokeswoman Katie Schoettler said. “These actions are reprehensible and have no place in this body. We thank the U.S. Capitol Police for their quick response and professionalism,” Schoettler said. “The USCP is now handling the matter.”
An officer for the Capitol Police said they “arrested an adult male for simple assault against another individual outside room 1324 in the Longworth House Office Building.“
The suspect was transported to USCP Headquarters for processing,” the Capitol Police officer said.
American Bridge is a political action committee dedicated to “holding Republicans accountable for their words and actions,” according to their website. They are known for having operatives follow Republican candidates on the campaign trail.
David Brock founded American Bridge in 2010 and raised tens of millions of dollars to support liberal candidates. The group has been described as an “opposition research hub of the Democratic fundraising apparatus.”
Liberal billionaire George Soros donated $2 million to American Bridge in 2016.
Credit: Daily Caller