Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) faces misdemeanor charges for allegedly pulling a fire alarm in the Cannon House Office Building, reportedly in an attempt to prevent a vote on the House floor.
“We finished our investigation,” reads a statement from the U.S. Capitol Police (USCP).
“Our agents gathered all the evidence, packaged it up, and sent the entire case with charges to prosecutors for their consideration,” the statement reads.
The U.S. Capitol Police submitted an arrest warrant for probable cause regarding 22DC1319A, a false fire alarm, to the Washington, D.C. Attorney General, resulting in charges being filed against Bowman.
Bowman has been ordered to appear in the D.C. Superior Court on Thursday morning at 9:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) for his arraignment.
As previously reported, the former middle school principal claimed that he activated the fire alarm in order to open the door to make a government funding vote.
According to the records Bowman threw emergency warning signs to the floor before pulling the alarm and running down a set of stairs before exiting the building from another floor, contradicting his claims.
The charge carries a maximum sentence of six months in jail. NBC News’s Frank Thorp first reported the story.
Republicans have already drafted a resolution to expel Bowman from Congress.
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