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Florida man arrested for death threats to Reps. Tlaib, Swalwell and Sen. Booker
John Joseph Kless was arrested and charged with making threatening communications

Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., was among three Democratic lawmakers who recently received death threats by voicemail at their D.C. offices. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A Florida man was arrested Friday after police said he threatened to kill three Democratic lawmakers: Reps. Eric Swalwell and Rashida Tlaib, as well as Sen. Cory Booker.

John Joseph Kless, 49, was charged in the Southern District of Florida with making threatening communications, after he apparently left death threats by voicemail in the lawmakers’ Washington offices. 

IG Report: Some members of Congress sexually harassed night-shift custodians
Architect of the Capitol officials accused of creating ‘culture of permissibility’

An Architect of the Capitol worker paints the wall at the top of the escalator to the Senate subway in the Capitol in November 2015. A recent report alleges a sexual harassment ‘culture of permissibility’ in the AOC. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Members of Congress allegedly sexually harassed night shift custodial staff while they cleaned their offices. Sexual harassment prevention training went off the rails. And the Architect of the Capitol has no unified system for effectively tracking complaints and resolutions of sexual harassment cases.

These are just some of the findings in a recent inspector general’s report on sexual harassment within the AOC in the last decade.

Fire at Capitol Power Plant prompts 2-hour evacuation
Plant employees had to vacate the century-old structure while a cooling tower blaze was extinguished

Workers wait outside the Capitol Power Plant which was evacuated due to a fire in a cooling tower on Monday, April 8, 2019. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

A “contained fire” within a cooling tower at the Capitol Power Plant Monday caused a nearly two-hour evacuation at the century-old plant. 

D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services worked to extinguish a blaze in the plant’s tower, which created enough smoke to be visible from the building’s roof. No injuries were reported.

Mistrial for man who allegedly threatened Rep. Brian Mast’s kids over immigration policy
Miami jury hung in case of 68-year-old Laurence Key

A federal judge this week declared a mistrial for a man who allegedly threatened the children of Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla., last year. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A mistrial was declared Thursday in the case of a man from Stuart, Florida, who was charged last year for threatening to kill Rep. Brian Mast’s children over the Trump administration’s family separation immigration policy.

Laurence Key, 68, is charged with one count of communicating a threat to kidnap or injure a person. But the trial that began Monday in Miami was declared a mistrial after the jury was hung, TCPalm reported, citing court documents and a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Florida.

Capitol Police want $3.8 million for security at Democratic and Republican conventions
Local police typically focus on demonstrations and protests, so Capitol Police works to keep lawmakers safe

Decisions about funding for security at the 2020 Democratic and Republican conventions are underway. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Capitol Police are asking for an additional $3.8 million in next year’s general expenses budget to fund security efforts at next summer’s Democratic and Republican national conventions in Milwaukee and Charlotte.

That’s up from the fiscal 2019 general expenses budget, which totaled $81.6 million. The Architect of the Capitol also asked for $7 million in more funding to begin preparations for the 2021 inauguration.

Should Congress spend more on itself to avoid deterioration?
Former lawmakers and groups think crisis is brewing if investments not made

Civil society organizations and former lawmakers are calling on appropriators to boost funding for Congress itself to avoid a “crisis.” (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Civil society groups and former lawmakers are calling on appropriators to boost funding for Congress itself to stem what they call a “significant loss of institutional capacity.”

Ten former lawmakers, both Democrats and Republicans, joined more than three dozen groups to pen letters to House and Senate appropriators asking that the Legislative Branch slice of the federal funding pie get a bit larger. Christopher Shays of Connecticut and Eva M. Clayton of North Carolina were among the former members to sign the letter, which was led by the advocacy organization Demand Progress. 

Capitol Police arrest Rayburn projection protester, confiscate equipment
Equality Act protest projection results in arrest by Capitol Police

Capitol Police arrested a man who was projecting the words "Discrimination is Wrong" onto the Rayburn House Office Building. (Photo: Robin Bell)

Capitol Police arrested a man projecting the words “Discrimination is Wrong” onto the Rayburn House Office Building Wednesday night. Robert Diesu, a collaborator of projection artist Robin Bell, was arrested and USCP seized a laptop computer, battery, projector and stand as evidence.

Capitol Police told Roll Call in a statement that Diesu was arrested at about 8 p.m. for “unlawful demonstration on Capitol Grounds by projecting an image on the Rayburn House Office Building.”

Protesters and traffic violations dominate Capitol Police arrests

Arrests made by Capitol Police are dominated by protests and demonstrators, followed by traffic violations. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Protests, demonstrations and traffic violations dominate recent arrests made by Capitol Police, according to a report on publicly available arrest summaries by advocacy group Demand Progress and an independent analysis of arrest data by Roll Call.

In December, the Capitol Police began publishing its weekly arrest summaries online each Wednesday, data that was previously distributed via email to the media. The summaries include the Capitol File Number, or CFN; crime classification with any additional charges; offense date and time; and crime summary.

FBI investigating assassination threat against Rep. Omar scrawled on gas station bathroom stall
Minnesota Democrat blamed Republicans for stirring up hate against her because she is Muslim

Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., received a death threat — scrawled on a bathroom stall in a Minnesota gas station. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The FBI is investigating an assassination threat against Rep. Ilhan Omar — written in Sharpie on a gas station bathroom stall in her district.

The investigation was sparked by a message scrawled on a stall in the men’s room at a Holiday gas station in Rogers, Minnesota. It read, “Assassinate Ilhan Omar,” according to an Instagram post last month from 45-year-old Brian Raines.

Things that go boom: Michael Cohen, Apollo 11 and this week
“Says who?” guy from 2016 dropped in on Capitol Hill

Michael Cohen, former personal lawyer for President Donald Trump, testifies Wednesday during a House Oversight and Reform hearing. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

There was so much political theater this week, it wouldn’t fit into just one podcast. So we did two! 

Michael Cohen, who will forever, at least to Political Theater, be the “Says who?” guy from the 2016 campaign, dropped in on Capitol Hill this week for a round robin of testimony with multiple committees about his fixer-for-Donald-Trump days. Sturm? Meet Drang.