Capitol Police officers reportedly battered multiple journalists on Thursday to protect senators from being asked questions about President Donald Trump's plan to declare a state of emergency for his border wall.
BuzzFeed News congressional reporter Paul McLeod was documenting answers from Republican senators when the incident occurred.
"It would be a pretty dramatic expansion of how this was used in the past," says GOP senator Ron Johnson of Trump d… https://t.co/LJ5RfewYYx— Paul McLeod (@Paul McLeod) 1550176970.0
The reaction from Capitol Police was described as "not normal."
There are police here on the hill circling politicians when they come in for the vote, keeping reporters away from them. This is not normal.— Paul McLeod (@Paul McLeod) 1550177160.0
Six minutes later, things escalated with violence against NBC News congressional reporter Leigh Ann Caldwell and an unidentified pregnant journalist.
This is fucked. The police say they're just "escorting" the senators to the vote. In effect, they're shielding them… https://t.co/NQA8LtBzYX— Paul McLeod (@Paul McLeod) 1550177650.0
Paul Kane, a congressional reporter for The Washington Post, also reported on the "very odd security setup."
Very odd security setup on Senate side of Capitol. Police setting up security line and guarding every senator withi… https://t.co/csdtb3mplA— Paul Kane (@Paul Kane) 1550178319.0
MSNBC anchor Kasie Hunt slammed Capitol Police, saying their actions were "not acceptable."
This is simply not acceptable, and it is a violation of the norms that govern how reporters do their jobs at the Ca… https://t.co/0j8AmdwVyt— Kasie Hunt (@Kasie Hunt) 1550178485.0
Caldwell seemingly confirmed the incident by retweeting McLeod's account.
[caption id="attachment_1447310" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Screengrab of retweets from NBC Capitol Hill reporter Leigh Ann Caldwell[/caption]