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U.S. Rep. Russ Fulcher

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Idaho Congressman Russ Fulcher is one of two United States representatives reportedly under investigation by U.S. Capitol Police. The investigation, initially reported on Twitter by HuffPost reporter Matt Fuller, is related to allegations that Fulcher forcefully shoved a Capitol police officer inside the Capitol building less than a week after the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

Fulcher’s office responded to the report on Wednesday night, stating in part: “We are not aware of any investigation or interest other than a social media tweet. Should there be further inquiries, we look forward to formally setting the record straight on these fabricated media accusations. However, please keep in mind in this majority-driven hostile political environment, neither truth nor fairness is the objective.”

On Jan. 12, the House of Representatives was set to vote on a resolution urging former Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment against Former President Donald Trump. Members of Congress had to go through newly installed metal detectors, which were put there after the breach of the Capitol. Some members were displeased with the newly implemented security measures, according to Fuller.

In a series of tweets, Fuller said he saw at least 12 House members, all Republican, either set off the alarm and keep walking or sidestep the process altogether.

One of those lawmakers, according to Fuller, was Fulcher.

Fulcher reportedly brushed through the detector without stopping and allegedly shoved a female police officer on his way to the chamber. The encounter allegedly shook the officer to tears, according to Fuller.

The next day, on Jan. 13, Fulcher discussed his rejection of the new security measures via Twitter, claiming “screening puts our capitol police in an awkward position of screening those they are to protect, re-directs resources away from outside threats, and implies members are a threat to one another.”

You can read the full story online here, or pick up today's edition of the Idaho Press.

Betsy Z. Russell is the Boise bureau chief and state capitol reporter for the Idaho Press and Adams Publishing Group. Follow her on Twitter at @BetsyZRussell.

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