(USA Features) Capitol Police have been ordered to arrest visitors and House staff by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., if they enter the Capitol Building without wearing a mask in violation of her new mandate.
Details of Pelosi’s order were tweeted by Rep. Kat Cammack, R-Fla., who said she had obtained a copy of the memo that was sent out at Thursday’s morning roll call from an unnamed police officer, according to Fox News.
“In today’s edition of (House Speaker Nancy) Pelosi’s abuse of power, Capitol Police have been directed to arrest staff and visitors to comply with her mask mandate for vaccinated individuals. For Members, they advise not arresting but ‘reporting Members to SAA (sergeant-at-arms) for their failure to comply,'” she wrote.
Cammack posted a copy of the arrest memo with her tweet.
According to the memo, which was issued by Capitol Police Chief Thomas Manger, “If a visitor or staff members fails to wear a mask after a request is made to do so, the visitor or staff shall be denied entry to the House office buildings or House-side of the U.S. Capitol.
“Any person who fails to either comply or leave the premises after being asked to do so would be subject to arrest for unlawful entry,” the memo added.
In an interview with Fox News, Cammack said that she has spoken to some Capitol Police officers who said they are “very uncomfortable with this order.”
“This is such an overstep of Speaker Pelosi’s authority to basically make our Capitol Police arrest staff members and report on members [of Congress],” Cammack said.
“It’s absolutely unconscionable that this is where we’re at,” she continued.
Pelosi’s arrest order is reportedly based on a recommendation from congressional Attending Physician Brian Monahan, who reimposed the mask-wearing requirement for House members and staff while they are on the floor of the chamber, in offices, and in hallways, according to reports.
“For all House office buildings, the Hall of the House, and House Committee meetings, wearing of a well-fitted, medical grade, filtration face mask is required when an individual is in an interior space and other individuals are present,” the physician said in a memo.
Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., ripped the arrest order in a Thursday tweet.
“To be clear: Pelosi is directing police to ARREST vaccinated people who aren’t wearing masks. This isn’t about science — it’s about power and control,” he wrote.