Washington — Sen. Ben Cardin said Capitol Police are investigating after reports linked one of his former aides to a sex tape allegedly filmed in a Capitol Hill hearing room.
The Maryland Democrat told reporters Monday that he was “angry” and “disappointed” by the incident.
“It’s a breach of trust,” he said. “This is a tragic situation, and one that is causing a lot of anger and frustration. I am concerned about our staff and how they feel about this.”
Capitol Police said Saturday that they were aware of the incident and were “investigating” it.
The Daily Caller published portions of the video Friday that allegedly show two men having sex in a Senate hearing room. CBS News has not independently obtained the video or confirmed the identities of those involved.
After it was reported that one of his aides was involved, Cardin’s office released a statement saying, “Aidan Maese-Czeropski is no longer employed by the United States Senate.”
In a statement on his LinkedIn account, which has since been deleted, Maese-Czeropski said: “This has been a difficult time for me, as I have been attacked for the reason I like to pursue a political agenda.”
“While some of my actions in the past have demonstrated poor judgment, I love my job and will never disrespect my workplace,” he said. “Any attempt to characterize my actions otherwise is fabricated and I will explore the legal options available to me in these matters.”
Cardin said he was unaware his former assistant had other disciplinary issues and did not speak to the former staffer when asked if the former staffer had apologized.
“I can’t speak to the other staff members, but I haven’t spoken to him,” Cardin said.
Alan He contributed reporting.
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