Despite the mainstream media’s insistence that Wesley Beeler intentionally tried to breach U.S. Capitol Police security checkpoints while armed in Washington D.C., sources have confirmed that Beeler was a security contractor working in the area.
When the news first broke, CNN hyped the story to fit their narrative about how President Trump has endangered the security of Joe Biden’s upcoming inauguration.
“US Capitol Police arrested a Virginia man as he attempted to pass through a police checkpoint in a locked-down zone of downtown Washington, DC, Friday with “fake” inaugural credentials, an unregistered handgun and over 500 rounds of ammunition, according to court documents,” the story first read.
Since publishing, CNN has been forced to change its reporting:
CNN had originally reported that the credential Beeler presented was “fake,” citing the law enforcement official, but the affidavit released Saturday described it as “unauthorized.”
The correction follows Beeler’s release from custody following a brief court appearance in Washington, DC, as “law enforcement official said that investigators do not consider him a threat to public safety.”
What’s more, Beeler appeared to have been working an armed security job in the vicinity of the Capitol at the time of his interaction with Capitol police and his inauguration credentials were from MVP Protective Services.
On Saturday, Beeler’s father told the Times his son was working on security with Capitol Police. An anonymous federal law enforcement official said he was a contractor and that his credential was not fake, according to the paper. Beeler was authorized to have a firearm for his security work, but the gun was not registered in Washington, DC, the Times reported.
After his release Saturday, Beeler told the Washington Post he’d neglected to take his firearm out of his vehicle because he had been running late for work; he also said he works with MVP Protective Services and that the company gave him the inauguration credentials that Capitol Police rejected.