Allegations and Dismissal
A video, believed to be shared in a private group for gay men in politics, has been leaked and caused a stir. Social media posts claimed that the individual involved worked for the office of Senator Ben Cardin, a Democratic representative from Maryland. Shortly after the news broke, Senator Cardin’s office announced the dismissal of a legislative aide. However, they did not specifically address the reports connecting the staff member to the sex tape.
Outrage and Calls for Investigation
The video’s release ignited a firestorm on social media, with demands for a thorough investigation and the termination of those involved. Many conservatives criticized the media’s coverage of the incident. Jonathan Turley, a Fox News contributor and legal expert, suggested that the staffer might face criminal charges. Turley raised questions about potential offenses, such as trespassing and misuse of official premises for personal purposes.
Possible Criminal Charges
Turley highlighted a relevant section of the D.C. criminal code, which addresses lewd, indecent, or obscene acts in public. If the unofficial use of the hearing room for personal gain is proven, it could have an impact on potential charges. Although no charges have been filed at present, a security source indicated that the case is being taken seriously by the United States Capitol Police (USCP). However, they noted that the USCP is currently prioritizing more serious cases involving potential threats to lawmakers.
While the investigation proceeds, it is important to note that Fox News Channel’s Chad Pergram, and Fox News Digital’s Adam Sabes and Chris Pandolfo have contributed to the reporting of this story.