Will Capitol Police fully investigate its own?

Roll Call

Campaign Legal Center General Counsel Kedric Payne, who previously worked at the Office of Congressional Ethics, said ethics panels might not be the best entities to investigate the Capitol Police but there is a need to bolster accountability of the department from somewhere within the legislative branch. “The congressional ethics committees are intended to ensure that lawmakers and their staff comply with standards of conduct, but they are probably not well suited to have jurisdiction over Capitol Police,” Payne said. “However, it is evident that more accountability and transparency for the conduct of Capitol Police are needed to mitigate the national security risk inherent in their crucial mission of protecting lawmakers.”

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