Capitol Police Arrest Dem Operative Over Assault of Female Trump Admin Official

| MAR 16, 2018 | 8:43 PM

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The U.S. Capitol Police arrested a Democratic operative Thursday on charges of simple assault.

The alleged assault took place after Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke finished testifying to the House Committee on Natural Resources regarding his department’s 2019 budget, Politico reported.

The suspect identified himself as a reporter for American Bridge, a progressive PAC. He reportedly pushed a female Interior Department communications officer to the floor in an effort to reach Zinke, according to The Daily Caller.

Laura Rigas, communications director for the Interior Department, 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.”

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A spokeswoman for the House committee, Katie Schoettler, said lawmakers “are appalled” to learn one of Zinke’s staffers was involved in the assault.

“These actions are reprehensible and have no place in this body,” she said. “We thank the U.S. Capitol Police for their quick response and professionalism.”

The public information officer for the Capitol Police told Politico that officers “arrested an adult male for simple assault against another individual outside room 1324 in the Longworth House Office Building.”

The American Bridge staffer was immediately transported to police headquarters for processing.