Via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
WASHINGTON — Capitol Hill police are expected to seek an arrest warrant next week for Rep. Cynthia McKinney of Georgia, who was involved in a physical confrontation with a Capitol police officer Wednesday, police and legal authorities said Thursday.
Officially, the investigation of the incident, in which the DeKalb County Democrat allegedly struck a police officer who tried to stop her from going around a security checkpoint, is ongoing, said Sgt. Kimberly Schneider, spokeswoman for Capitol Hill police.
However, police have notified the federal prosecutor’s office in Washington that they will be seeking an arrest warrant after the investigation is complete next week, said police and legal authorities, who spoke on the condition that they not be named because the investigation was not yet complete.
McKinney ignored a reporter’s questions Thursday as she walked into the Capitol, before word of the planned arrest warrant. She could not be reached for comment later Thursday.
In a statement released Wednesday, McKinney said, “I deeply regret that the incident occurred.”
McKinney’s office had said she might hold a news conference Friday morning in Washington, but that event was canceled.
She’s yet to apologize. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s comments on the incident?:
Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday labeled it “a mistake, an unfortunate lack of recognition of a member of Congress.” She added that the police officer was not at fault.
“I would not make a big deal of this,” said Pelosi, D-Calif.
Maybe the next quote from Pelosi will be to praise Democrats for their ‘diversity in opinion’ on the issue – or something.
William Teach at Pirate’s Cove checks out some of the DU reaction to all this.
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