MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow explains why NSC contractor arrest at White House was so ‘strange’
MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow admitted that the start of her show “was not the way I thought today’s news was going to go” as voters headed to the polls from New Jersey to California.
“In the midst of that, I did not expect that at 9 pm eastern time, on this night of all nights, I would be reporting on the attempted murder arrest just outside the White House,” Maddow explained.
Noting the “skeletal details” authorities have offered so far, Maddow explained that a 29-year-old Maryland man was arrested while heading to his White House job.
Martese Edwards, 29, was taken into custody at a checkpoint Tuesday on attempted murder charges filed in Prince George’s County, Maryland.
“We don’t know exactly what his job is,” Maddow noted. “NBC News has learned that he did have a White House pass, he was a contractor working at the White House.”
He reportedly worked for the National Security Council, which is currently run by National Security Advisor John Bolton.
“We don’t know what his job was nor do we know why the National Security Council would have been employing someone as a contractor who was actively wanted on an attempted murder warrant,” Maddow noted.
“The National Security Council referred all of our questions to the U.S. Secret Service, the U.S. Secret Service are not answering their phone,” she explained. “So, again, we are still looking for more information here, but this is a strange story.”