This weekend, DC was blown to bits over a salacious video that popped up on social media channels.
The tape was of an alleged Democrat Senate staffer having sex in the Senate chamber with another man.
The outrage over the tape was immediate, and the staffer in the video could wind up being charged with trespassing, much like many of the January 6 rioters who entered the Capitol after the Trump rally.
Taking It Seriously
According to Fox News, the tape was made last week, but exactly when remains in question.
Fox News further reported that a source inside congressional security stated that they are conducting a “thorough investigation” of the incident.
No charges have been announced as of yet, but that could obviously change at the conclusion of this investigation.
Rest assured, if there are no charges filed, Republicans will lose their minds.
The video was filmed in Room 216 of the Hart Senate Office Building, which is where many Senate hearings take place, including hearings for Supreme Court justices.
The question at hand is if using the room in this manner constitutes trespass since there appears to be no commercial use of the video (the video was posted on a private chat group for gay men in politics).
Fox News contributor Jonathan Turley, an attorney and professor at George Washington University Law, stated, "It also uses an official area for personal purposes, though it is not clear if there were any commercial benefits garnered from the video found on various sites.”
Charges could also be filed under D.C. code section 22-1312, which discusses lewd, indecent, or obscene acts.
That code reads, "It is unlawful for a person, in public, to make an obscene or indecent exposure of his or her genitalia or anus, to engage in masturbation, or to engage in a sexual act as defined in § 22-3001(8). It is unlawful for a person to make an obscene or indecent sexual proposal to a minor.
“A person who violates any provision of this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, shall be fined not more than the amount set forth in § 22-3571.01, imprisoned for not more than 90 days, or both.”
While identities have not been confirmed because the faces were blurred out, the alleged staffer is Aidan Maese-Czeropski, who worked for Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD). Maese-Czeropski is no longer working for the Senator.
Cardin, who was mute on the subject until Monday, stated, "I was angry. I was disappointed. It’s a breach of trust."
However, Maese-Czeropski stated, “This has been a difficult time for me, as I have been attacked for who I love to pursue a political agenda. While some of my actions in the past have shown poor judgment, I love my job and would never disrespect my workplace.
“I will be exploring what legal options are available to me in these matters.”
After all the noise Democrats made about January 6, they have all been sitting on their hands after this tape came out, so expect some serious bombs to be thrown by Republicans as this all plays out.