Capitol Police have arrested a male Democratic operative for assaulting
a female Interior Department communications official following a House
budget hearing Thursday.
assault happened after Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke finished testifying
on the department’s 2019 budget proposal before the House Committee on
Natural Resources. The suspect identified himself as a reporter with
American Bridge and pushed a female Interior Department communications
official to the floor, chasing after Zinke, The Daily Caller News
communications director Laura Rigas 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,” she told Politico.
officials filed a police report, The Daily Caller News Foundation has
learned, but it has not yet been processed, police said. It will be made
public in seven to 10 days once processed. American Bridge did not
respond to TheDCNF’s request for comment.
are appalled to hear of the events following yesterday’s hearing where a
member of Secretary Zinke’s staff was victim to an assault,” committee
spokeswoman Katie Schoettler told TheDCNF.
actions are reprehensible and have no place in this body. We thank the
U.S. Capitol Police for their quick response and professionalism,”
Schoettler said. “The USCP is now handling the matter.”
took the American Bridge operative into custody on Thursday. Police
“arrested an adult male for simple assault against another individual
outside room 1324 in the Longworth House Office Building,” an officer told Politico
suspect was transported to USCP Headquarters for processing,” the
Capitol Police officer told Politico.
Bridge is a political action committee dedicated to “holding Republicans
accountable for their words and actions,” according to their website.
American Bridge is known for having operatives follow Republican
candidates on the campaign trail.
operative David Brock founded American Bridge in 2010 and raised tens of
millions of dollars to support liberal candidates. The group has been described as
an “opposition research hub of the Democratic fundraising apparatus.”
billionaire George Soros donated $2 million to American Bridge in 2016,
and the Tom Steyer-founded NextGen Climate Action regularly donates
money to the group, according to
the Center for Responsive Politics.
group told Politico they were not aware of the incident, but would be
looking into it.