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More explicit videos were allegedly recorded in the US Senate

More explicit videos were allegedly recorded in the US Senate
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Another Senate staffer reportedly recorded explicit videos in the U.S. Capitol, leading to an investigation last year.

According to Semafor, two video clips circulated on Snapchat last year via the account of a user going by Adam J (@Anjackson209). One shows a man masturbating inside a House office building. The outlet, which has viewed the video, reports that the building is identifiable by “standard Capitol House furniture and carpeting” and by a branded congressional mouse pad on the desk at which the clip was filmed.

Semafor also reports having seen a screenshot from a second video showing two men “engaged in a sex act in an office setting.” Participants’ faces are not visible in either the video clip or screenshot.

But after the videos surfaced, Rep. Dan Newhouse’s (R-WA) office learned that a senior member of his staff was suspected of being a participant in the videos. A spokesperson for Newhouse told the outlet that the reports of “purported, unbecoming behavior” by the staffer triggered an investigation last year, but “no conclusive evidence” was found.

“As soon as the office was alerted, we immediately contacted the appropriate House entities to conduct an independent investigation,” the spokesperson said, refusing to comment further “on personnel matters.”

In an interview with Semafor, the former staffer denied involvement in the videos and disputed elements of Newhouse’s office’s characterization of the situation. He said he learned of the investigation in June 2022, but the following month Newhouse told him it had ended with “no evidence to the allegation.” He left Newhouse’s office on good terms in the fall of 2022 to take a job outside of Washington.  

Semafor’s report comes a week after another explicit video of two men having sexual intercourse in a Senate hearing room surfaced on social media. After right-wing media began reporting on the clip, one man in the video was identified as an aide for Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD). The aide denied any involvement but was fired by Cardin.

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