Capitol Police chief says members of Congress have 'never' been investigated related to Jan. 6

Texas GOP Rep. Troy Nehls alleges a Capitol Police officer entered his office without his knowledge and photographed "confidential legislative products protected by the Speech and Debate clause" of the Constitution.

Updated: May 11, 2022 - 2:39pm

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Capitol Police Chief J. Thomas Manger told Just the News that members of Congress are not being investigated by the Capitol Police related to Jan. 6, after Texas Republican Rep. Troy Nehls alleged that Capitol Police officers were spying on him.

"Absolutely not," Manger said in an interview after receiving an award from the Bethesda Chapter of the AFCEA during a ceremony in Washington D.C. on Tuesday. "Never have." 

Nehls alleges that on Nov. 20 a Capitol Police officer entered his office without his knowledge and photographed "confidential legislative products" on a whiteboard, material he asserts is protected by the "Speech and Debate clause" of the Constitution.

Nehls has said he was being targeted because of his public statements related to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

"I'd been beat up, beat to hell on social media by the far left, everybody calling me an insurrectionist and everything else because they actually felt that I was the threat because of my position on J6," he said. "I exposed J6. I exposed the Capitol Police leadership team for failing to do their damn job."

"And if they would have done their job, J6 would have never ever happened," Nehls continued. "If the National Guard would have been deployed on our nation's capitol on Jan. 4, and all of the intelligence were there, January 6 would have never taken place. But there are people that wanted it to take place."

Nehls told Just the News that a forthcoming Capitol Police Inspector General's report will show he was "under criminal investigation" when Capitol Police officers entered his Capitol Hill office and began taking photos in November 2021.

Manger, who was sworn in on July 21, 2021, said he hasn't seen the report and isn't sure if it will be made public. Manger was asked if Capitol Police officers were sent to Nehls' office for something related to the House Select Committee on Jan. 6 investigation.

"Absolutely not true," he said. "An officer found an open door. I've said that from the start."

Nehls said his office is awaiting a copy of the full IG report about the incident.

"They were coming after me to silence and destroy me," Nehls said Friday. "That's what [House Speaker] Nancy Pelosi wants to do to guys like me. If I am a vocal critic of J6 and that leadership team, they're going to go out there and try to destroy me just like they did with Donald Trump."

Manger was honored for his lifetime of public service in law enforcement as chief of police in Fairfax County, Va. and in Montgomery County, Md. before becoming the Capitol Police chief.