GOP leaders reviewing Dems’ ‘intimidation’ during gun sit-in

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House Republican leaders are reviewing allegations that Democratic lawmakers mistreated nonpartisan House staffers during their sit-in on the chamber floor protesting gun violence, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said Tuesday.
 
The No. 2 House Republican said he had heard specific reports that some Democrats used “intimidation” against staffers and knocked things out of their hands during the nearly 26-hour protest before the July Fourth recess.
 
{mosads}Both McCarthy and Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) will meet with the House sergeant-at-arms later Tuesday, McCarthy told reporters during a news briefing in his Capitol office. They’ll discuss “what went on, what took place, and how they can move forward so that this does not happen again.” 
 
Some rank-and-file Republicans have been pressuring leadership to punish the Democrats who broke House rules during their sit-in. Several participants snapped photos and streamed live video of the protest from the chamber floor, which is not allowed.
 
But McCarthy said it was too early to say whether punishment was an appropriate step.
 
“I think before you look at any actions or any punishments, you first have to have all the facts and that’s what people are looking at right now,” McCarthy said. 
 
“Right now it’s more [about] the investigation of looking at what transpired and what didn’t.
 
Republicans need to “get all the facts and then decide accordingly,” he added.
 
Before the July Fourth recess, Democrats launched a sit-in to demand a vote on a gun control measure in the wake of the June 12 mass shooting in an Orlando gay nightclub. The daylong protest gummed up legislation in the House, frustrating Republicans.
 
Returning from the recess, Democrats have vowed to take action again unless they get a vote on legislation that would ban suspected terrorists of purchasing firearms. In response, Ryan has offered a vote on a less restrictive gun bill backed by the National Rifle Association. 
 
Democrats scoffed at McCarthy’s suggestion of some sort of investigation of the sit-in.
 
“The lengths the House Republican leadership will go to follow the NRA’s marching orders know no bounds,” said Drew Hammill, a spokesman for Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).
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