WASHINGTON (AP) - Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio says two U.S. Capitol Police officers have been suspended as a result of their actions during last week’s attack on the Capitol.
Ryan told reporters on Monday that one of the officers took a selfie with someone and the second officer put on a "Make America Great Again" hat. He says of the latter that the "interim chief determined that to be qualifying for immediate suspension."
Thousands of pro-Donald Trump insurrectionists stormed the Capitol, forcing lawmakers to flee and hide. Five people died, including a Capitol Police officer.
The congressman says Capitol Police are looking at everybody involved that could have potentially facilitated the incursion "at a big level or small level in any way."
Ryan says they don’t want an officer working on President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration "who was not doing the job on the Jan. 6th event."
On Monday evening, a spokesman for Ryan's office clarified the congressman's comments:
"There are currently 10 to 15 U.S. Capitol police officers being investigated in conjunction with activities on January 6th, two officers have been suspended – no officers have been arrested."
Ryan serves as chair of a House subcommittee that oversees funding for Capitol Police.