Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle facing accusations that they’ve been abusing the use of the federal air marshal service since the Capitol riot on January 6th, national correspondent William Longinus is digging in to get us the details. Good evening, William.
An association representing federal air marshals tells FOX armed agents are getting bumped from protecting the public on high risk flights to instead accompany members of Congress, creating, they say, a concierge service for Capitol Hill lawmakers at the public’s expense.
Air marshals can only be assigned to high risk flights. That means flights that have been deemed through our vetted process that have a security risk when those processes are violated and they’re taken advantage of and they are just tossed to the side now as if they don’t matter. We’re really looking into creating a major problem for ourselves in the aviation domain.
The Air Marshal National Council says it’s seen a significant increase in requests, at least two hundred since January six from members of both parties, including lawmakers already protected by armed escorts. A flight by Congresswoman Maxine Waters prompted a complaint to the Office of Congressional Ethics and the Department of Homeland Security watchdog.
Air Marshals for Miss Waters trip were assigned high risk missions. They were removed from those missions and assigned to Miss Waters.
Mission Waters did not respond to multiple inquiries from Fox. TSA says, quote, Following the events of January 6th at the US Capitol, the Transportation Security Administration enhanced security and law enforcement presence throughout the transportation system to include airports and aboard aircraft to protect the traveling public, including members of Congress. Harassment of lawmakers and the public isn’t new, but the council says congressional flights are not their primary mission, placing federal air marshals on aircraft simply because a member of Congress requests it is an egregious misuse of government resources.
What’s not clear is a threat assessment applied to congressional requests. Are they simply approved and bumped to the front of the line or not? In Los Angeles, reimagines Fox News. Hey, Sean Hannity here. Hey, click here to subscribe to Fox News YouTube page and catch our hottest interviews and most compelling analysis. You will not get it anywhere else.