(Slay News) – Capitol Police caught one of Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff’s (D-CA) former staffers defacing posters outside Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s (R-GA) office.
Timothy Hysom, 51, previously worked for Schiff before becoming chief of staff for Massachusetts Democrat Rep. Jake Auchincloss.
Hysom was busted after police set a trap to see who was defacing the posters.
Auchincloss’s spokesperson Matt Corridoni said: “While members of Congress have great latitude in what they do on the inside of their office, they do not own the exterior walls of their office.
“Regulations published by the House Buildings Commission prohibit ‘posters’ from being posted in the hallways outside of Members’ House offices in the House Office Buildings.
“Adhering a sticker – to a poster that shouldn’t be there in the first place – is hardly a federal crime.
“What Tim did was to adhere a series of stickers to foul, mean-spirited, bullying posters outside the Congresswoman’s office.
“These stickers were never threatening and always respectful.
“It is certainly not part of a ‘Members’ Representational Duties’ to print signs – at taxpayers’ expense – whose sole purpose is to bully and intimidate the Member across the hall from you.
“While the Capitol Police were obligated to pass along Rep. Greene’s accusation of ‘destruction of public property’ to the U.S. Attorney’s office, they have set aside the charges and have declined to prosecute such a ridiculous accusation,” Corridoni said.
Police and Auchincloss also confirmed that the congressman’s office was involved in allowing comedian Steven Colbert’s production team into the Capitol complex last week.
The incident led to security concerns and the arrest of seven members of Colbert’s team.
Capitol Police asked federal prosecutors back in March for an arrest warrant for Hysom.
Police caught Hysom on hidden camera security footage that showed him defacing Greene’s posters with stickers with religious messages, according to a copy of the arrest warrant obtained by Just the News.
Police said they believed Hysom may have been involved in seven defacing of posters outside Greene’s office in the Longworth House Office Building between January and March and that he declined to be interviewed when confronted.
Hysom was offered a “non-custodial interview and he declined and retained counsel,” the report states.
“Based on the aforementioned, it is your affiant’s belief that the defendant, Timothy Duane Hysom … did violate DC Code § 22–3312.01 Defacing Public or Private Property,” the arrest warrant stated.