‘ABUSE OF POWER’: Republicans React to Memo Ordering Arrests for Maskless House Staff, Visitors

According to a police memo sent to U.S. Capitol Police Chief Thomas Manger, his department has new orders when encountering people without a mask – arrest them.

“If a visitor or staff member fails to wear a mask after a request is made to do so, the visitor or staff shall be denied entry to House office buildings or the House side of the Capitol. “Any person who fails to either comply or leave the premises after being asked to do so would be subject to an arrest for Unlawful Entry,” the memo said.

Congresswoman Kat Cammack tweeted a photo of the memo, blaming Nancy Pelosi and calling it an abuse of power.

In today’s edition of Pelosi’s abuse of power, Capitol Police have been directed to arrest staff and visitors to comply with her mask mandate for vaccinated individuals. 

For Members, they advise not arresting but “reporting Members to SAA for their failure to comply.”

House Minority Whip Steve Scalise has a similar reaction, expressing serious concern about Pelosi’s willingness to arrest vaccinated Americans.

“To be clear: Pelosi is directing police to ARREST vaccinated people who aren’t wearing masks. This isn’t about science—it’s about power and control.”

Pelosi’s deputy chief of staff Drew Hammill denies the Speaker is involved. Hammill tells Fox News: “The Speaker of the House does not control the U.S. Capitol Police. We were unaware of the [mask-related] memo until it was reported in the press.”