February 2, 2024

No Charges Filed in Senate Building Sex Tape Scandal

The U.S. Capitol Police announced on Thursday that they have opted not to pursue charges in connection with the filming of a sex video recorded inside the Hart Senate Office Building on the morning of Wednesday, December 13.

In a statement, the agency explained that, following consultations with federal and local prosecutors and conducting a thorough investigation, there is currently no evidence of a crime, despite a likely violation of Congressional policy.

While the hearing room was not open to the public at the time, the Congressional staffer involved had access to the room.

The two individuals of interest were uncooperative, and the elements of any potential crimes were not met, according to Capitol Police.

The Congressional staffer, who resigned from their position, invoked their Fifth Amendment right to remain silent and refused to cooperate.

The Capitol Police stated, "Our investigators are willing to review new evidence should any come to light."

The incident, which involved the filming of a sex tape inside a prominent hearing room at the Hart Senate Office Building, was first reported by The Daily Caller. The footage was allegedly leaked in a private group for gay men in politics.

A staff member for Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) was fired over the video. Cardin expressed his anger and disappointment, describing it as a breach of trust, though he did not disclose the staffer's identity, citing it as a personnel issue.

Cardin mentioned that he was not aware of any further disciplinary actions against the staffer and had not communicated with them since the termination.

Room 216 in the Hart Senate Office Building is historically significant, serving as a venue for high-profile events such as confirmation hearings for Supreme Court justices.

The location where the video was recorded has been used for questioning nominees who later became Supreme Court justices.

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