An attorney for a former Capitol Police officer who was accused of stealing and mailing material from the House floor in the midst of an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct by a colleague said Thursday that she has learned that a man who worked for the department was also allegedly involved in the case.
The woman, who declined to be identified, said she learned of the allegations last week after receiving a tip from someone who was an eyewitness.
“I’ve spoken to the victim and she told me the woman who worked at the Capitol has a son and was there when it happened,” she said.
“It was a very disturbing case.”
Capitol police officials declined to comment Thursday.
The House Ethics Committee has launched an investigation to determine whether any violations of House rules have occurred.
House rules state that “the person responsible for a breach of House discipline shall be subject to disciplinary action.”
A former Capitol police officer, who has not been identified, was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly taking items from the Capitol and mailing them to a former employee.
The Capitol Police Department said Thursday it was cooperating with the Capitol Police investigation.
The former officer’s attorney, David Boies, said Thursday in a statement that the woman’s statements were “unfounded and completely false.”
Boies said that the Capitol police has provided him with information that “indicates that the individual involved is cooperating with authorities.”
Capitol Police Chief Charles Ramsey said in a letter to the House Judiciary Committee that his department has been working with the ethics office and the Capitol Counsel to address concerns raised by the woman.
“While this is a serious matter, we cannot afford to be bogged down in a legal process that is not helpful to the Capitol’s well-being and the work of our officers,” Ramsey wrote.
“This investigation is ongoing, and we are committed to fully cooperating with it.”
Ramsey said the investigation will be handled by the Capitol Ethics Committee.
He added that the investigation into the theft was still ongoing and that the officers “are being held accountable for their actions.”
In an email, House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers, D-Mich., called the investigation “an outrageous, unethical and unacceptable abuse of power.”
“It is time for Capitol Police to be held accountable and held to account,” Conyers wrote.
The Washington Times reported Thursday that the wife of a former police officer accused of using the Capitol as a personal residence for his own personal use is also a former colleague.
The paper reported that Lisa Ann Smith, who worked as a Capitol police chief, was among dozens of women who alleged sexual misconduct with officers and supervisors while working for the Capitol during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Smith was fired in May 2018 and was suspended from Capitol police, according to a criminal complaint unsealed in May.
The complaint, which was filed in a U.S. District Court, alleged that she used the Capitol to live out her fantasies about sex with the president and other members of Congress.
Smith, 62, told the Times that she was sexually harassed by her former colleague in a meeting with House investigators, who were probing allegations of harassment against former President Donald Trump.
She also said she witnessed him make unwanted sexual advances toward her.
Smith said she eventually filed a complaint with the House Committee on Ethics.
“He just kept going on and on and then he finally put it on the record, and I got sick of it,” Smith told the newspaper.
Smith’s husband, John Conways, said in the letter he had spoken to a “thorough” investigation of Smith’s allegations by the Office of Professional Accountability.
He also called on the Ethics Committee to conduct a “full and thorough investigation into these allegations.”
“While I believe that these allegations have merit, I have also been advised by the House Ethics Commission that there is no evidence of any wrongdoing by anyone in this investigation,” he said.