U.S. Capitol Police arrested three men Monday evening in the Senate’s Ohio Clock Corridor, charging them with unlawful entry and impersonating Senate staff.
The three men claimed they had left their staff IDs in their office when they were stopped for being in the area without displaying congressional identification, according to a brief summary of the incident Capitol Police released Wednesday.
The Ohio Clock Corridor, which is just off the floor of the Senate chamber, is restricted to staff, press, lawmakers and those with official IDs, which must be visible. When the officer checked with the Senate appointment desk, none of the men had congressional staff status. They were placed under arrest and transported to Capitol Police headquarters for processing.
The official report of the incident has not yet been processed, according to Capitol Police spokeswoman Eva Malecki. The arrests happened at 6:33 p.m. Monday, about 10 minutes after senators took their final votes of the day.
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