Congressman who was caught red-handed won’t seek FBI investigation into leaked kissing video

Update 5:27 p.m.: The congressman's office, to nobody's surprise, has opted against seeking an investigation, according to CBS News.

Rep. Vance McAllister (R-La.), who is dealing with the fallout of a leaked video showing him kissing a staff member, might ask the FBI to investigate the leaking of the video.

In a video obtained by "The Ouachita Citizen," Rep. Vance McAllister (R-La.) is allegedly seen kissing a female member of his district office staff last December. The congressman has since issued an apology saying, "There's no doubt I've fallen short and I'm asking for forgiveness.” (The Ouachita Citizen)

 

The Monroe News Star reported late Tuesday that McAllister would seek the investigation -- which would entail formally sending a letter to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) -- but his spokeswoman has since told reporters that the matter is still under consideration.

An aide in Boehner's office said late Wednesday morning that it hadn't received a letter from McAllister's office.

The video was published Monday by another newspaper in McAllister's district, the Ouachita Citizen, but the paper didn't say where the video came from.

Whoever shot the video was taking footage of security video feeds in the congressman's campaign office.

A local pastor has accused another McAllister staffer of taking the video and shopping it to McAllister's political opponents.

If there was an investigation, it's more likely that it would start with the Capitol Police than with the FBI.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.
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