Capitol police taking Senate sex tape seriously, source says

 December 19, 2023

Capitol police are investigating the circumstance of a sex tape that was made in a Senate hearing room and later leaked to the press, with one source saying they are "taking it seriously," and don't "need to rush" their investigation.

The recording of a staffer having sex with another man inside a conference room in the Hart office building was made last week, police have so far determined, according to Fox News.

The footage was reportedly shared in a private group for gay men in politics. The source said that police plan to interview people about the incident in the near future.

The aide who was shown in the tape was identified in conservative media as Aidan Maese-Czeropski, 24, who worked for Sen. Ben Cardin, a Democrat from Maryland.

"Breach of trust"

Cardin fired Maese-Czeropski after the tape was leaked to the Daily Caller and published on Friday.

"I was angry, disappointed. It's a breach of trust," The Hill quoted Cardin as saying. "It's a tragic situation, and it's presented a lot of anger and frustration. I'm concerned about our staff and the way that they feel about this."

It wasn't clear whether Cardin was talking about the tape itself or the Daily Caller's publishing of it, or both.

Maese-Czeropski posted a now-deleted statement on his LinkedIn page, saying he was “attacked for who I love to pursue a political agenda.”

He added: “While some of my actions in the past have shown poor judgement, I love my job and would never disrespect my workplace.”

Could be illegal

Fox News legal expert Jonathan Turley speculated about whether charges could be brought over the tape.

It could violate D.C. code section 22-1312, which prohibits some lewd, indecent or obscene acts, Turley said.

Whether charges are brought could hinge on whether the room is considered public when it is locked, and whether the video was used to make money, he also said.

Fox News anchor Jesse Watters somewhat jokingly said that the sex tape was worse than January 6.

“They’re not going to be able to have a hearing in this room for weeks! This thing needs to be deep cleaned," he said, adding somewhat more seriously, “You can’t do this and get caught and claim you’re the victim. That’s the Hunter Biden defense . . . . we need to bring shame back."

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