Capitol Police Supervisor Put Words in Pelosi’s Mouth

Posted December 10, 2010 at 6:23pm

Updated: Dec. 13, 10:57 a.m.

A Capitol Police supervisor falsely attributed information to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in a document used to discipline an officer on her protective detail, according to court documents.

Supervisory Special Agent Raymond Stonestreet filed a reprimand of Special Agent Luanne Moran in 2008, writing that Moran’s poor performance “eroded the confidence the Speaker has with the protective operation and at the same time jeopardizes the safety of the Speaker,” according to court documents.

But the House general counsel acting on behalf of the Speaker claims that statement “was not based on any communication from Speaker Pelosi or her staff,” according to a stipulation filed Friday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Stonestreet “just made it up,” John Mahoney, Moran’s lawyer, said in an interview. “The accusation that the Speaker of the House made a statement to the Capitol Police that her confidence was eroded by actions of my client was factually untrue.”

Moran, who is still a Capitol Police agent, is suing the department, alleging that after complaining to supervisors about sexist and racist remarks she overheard, they retaliated by trumping up charges of incompetence against her. 

Mahoney subpoenaed Pelosi in October to be deposed in the case, hoping her testimony would show that she did not prompt the reprimand. Though Pelosi brushed off the subpoena, she provided statements to the House general counsel, which Mahoney entered into court record Friday. Counsel to the Capitol Police also signed off on the stipulation.

“Speaker Pelosi’s confidence in her protective operation, which included at times Special Agent Luanne Moran, has not been eroded during her tenure as Speaker,” the stipulation states, adding that Pelosi has no recollection of the events that Stonestreet referenced while reprimanding Moran.

Moran, who was assigned to the Capitol Police Dignitary Protection Division, alleges in her lawsuit that she was falsely reprimanded twice in 2008, once for leading Pelosi through an unauthorized building entrance and again for using profanity while on protective detail.

“We maintain his allegations were factually false and a cover-up for the real reason for his actions, which was retaliation,” Mahoney said. “Because they made that up on their own but attributed it to the Speaker of the House, it shows that their actions against Agent Moran are false.”

Capitol Police spokeswoman Sgt. Kimberly Schneider said the agency does not comment on pending litigation.