TUCKER CARLSON (HOST): A mysterious letter appeared on Capitol Hill this week. It was addressed to every member of the U.S. Congress. The letter arrived on the official letterhead of the United States Capitol Police. But it wasn't from the chief or from any individual officer. Instead the letter was signed “Proud members of the United States Capitol Police." So it was anonymous, and that was the first tip this was not your average security bulletin. It definitely was not.
It was instead, a political demand. The letter instructed members of Congress to vote yes to establish a, quote, “January 6 insurrection commission." Police officers anonymously demanding the people they protect to vote a certain way on a specific piece of legislation? Haven't seen that before.
Most people have long assumed the Capitol Hill Police Department was a law enforcement agency. Members of Congress certainly believe that. They trust their lives to the Capitol Hill police. And that's why Capitol Hill police don't lobby Congress. That would be a dangerous conflict of interest backed by an implied threat: Do what we say or watch your back. In this case, that's exactly what they were saying to Republicans.
Quote, “We, members of United States Capitol Hill Police, write this letter to express our profound disappoint with the recent comments from both chambers' minority leaders, Kevin McCarthy and Mitch McConnell, expressing no need for a January 6 commission. We are expected to maintain neutral and do our jobs with honor and integrity," the letter continued. “It is unfortunate that our bosses, congress, are not held to the same standard that we the USCP are."
Well, that's a ransom note. Imagine getting it from one of your own bodyguards. It might be enough to make you rethink your position, which is of course is the point of it.
The Capitol Hill Police are now effectively an armed political action committee. So you've got to ask, what other partisan demands will they make in the future? Do Capitol Hill Police have strong views on voter I.D. laws? How about taxpayer funded abortion or our next trade deal with China? If so, they've got the muscle to make their voices heard.