Congress is still arguing over what to do about the Capitol Hill riot months later, despite the extensive FBI investigation still ongoing and playing out in court.
The Capitol Police in Washington, DC, had to release an official statement debunking the viral letter circulating on social media which urged Republicans in Congress to vote in favor of a commission investigating the events of the Capitol Hill riot on Jan. 6. It's not a statement from the entire Capitol police, but instead reportedly "40 to 50" members of it.
"A statement is circling on social media, which expresses an opinion about the proposed legislation to create a commission to investigate January 6. This is NOT an official USCP statement. The Department has no way of confirming it was even authored by USCP personnel. The U.S. Capitol Police does NOT take positions on legislation," Wednesday's tweet from the official Capitol Police account reads.
Even NBC News had to step in to correct their media establishment colleagues.
The Politico reporter who circulated the memo in the first place deleted their tweet and clarified that it used the official Capitol Police masthead despite not being a formal release from the organization as a whole. They then reposted the letter in question with this new (and fairly important) context.
In the original tweet by Olivia Beavers of Politico, a letter was described as being an official stance by the Capitol Police themselves. The contents of it discuss their "disappointment" that Republican leaders in both chambers of Congress are publicly against a Jan. 6 commission.
The paragraphs describe "trauma" being felt by the members of the police, and attempts to shame members of Congress as if they weren't upholding their oath of office by pursuing this Jan. 6th commission.
This in itself being something brought up in the first place in a podcast discussion between Nancy Pelosi and Hillary Clinton several months back.
Both Pelosi and recently disgraced GOP Rep. Liz Cheney shared the original tweet of the letter with the false framing.
The Wyoming represented faced heavy scrutiny earlier this month when she was voted out of her leadership role as chair of the House Republican Conference on the grounds of not communicating a cohesive party message.
It's also not the first time Cheney amplified speculation and rumors, as she was recently called out by Fox News for spreading the dubiously-sourced "Russian Bounties" on US soldiers rumor from the intelligence community.