Bachmann aide arrested, charged with theft
July 15th, 2013
08:38 PM ET
9 months ago

Bachmann aide arrested, charged with theft

(CNN) – A top staff member for Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minnesota, was arrested and faces theft charges involving objects stolen from a House office building, U.S. Capitol Police said.

Police said they arrested Javier Sanchez, 37, of Virginia, last Thursday after an investigation, but the matter just came to light publicly on Monday night.

A staff directory had listed Sanchez as Bachmann's legislative director, but it was unclear if that was his most recent position.

The congresswoman's office confirmed Sanchez had worked there but a spokesman said he was "no longer with the office" as of Friday. Dan Kotman, Bachmann's spokesman, directed further questions to Capitol Police.

A Capitol Police spokesman said thefts occurred in the Rayburn House Office Building earlier this year. Many personal offices for representatives as well as various committees are based in the building.

Police did not describe what was taken and did not release other details of the case.


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soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. GI Joe

    Isn't she under charges for misuse of campaign finances also? Birds of a feather. ha ha haha ha

    July 15, 2013 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  2. Pete

    Maybe Bachmann can fence in Minnesota to keep those thieves of hers in..Maybe a public flogging would give him a hint what he did wrong and maybe with her husbands blessing he'll be a great politician like Bachmann someday,yah right!!!

    July 15, 2013 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  3. Sheila

    Can you imagine trying to shake her hands ?? lol I would be afraid of getting scratched to the point where bachman might draw blood from whomever she shakes hands with – lol

    July 15, 2013 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  4. Marie MD

    How many more months of this flake and her crazy people?

    July 15, 2013 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  5. Hooper

    Just a poisoned limb, from a tree that's poison through and through.

    July 15, 2013 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  6. Thom

    Crooks....they're all crooks.........

    July 15, 2013 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  7. John

    Nothing surprising here. What kind of employee do you think this woman would hire? An ethical, responsible, and sensible one? Of course not, look at her.

    July 15, 2013 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  8. sparky

    So that C U Next Tuesday steals millions a year in farm subsidies?

    July 15, 2013 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  9. William

    The aide learned how to steal from her boss!

    July 15, 2013 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  10. Donkey Party

    Typical GOP grifter, just like Bachmann.

    July 15, 2013 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  11. Paul

    If this were Obama staff member, Bachman would be asking for his immediate resignation. Well, Michelle, we're waiting.

    July 15, 2013 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  12. Wes Scott

    Imagine that – the party that has hijacked and stolen our freedoms and liberties in the quest for absolute political power has one of its leaders arrested for theft. Who could imagine?

    July 15, 2013 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    WOW! Someone in Washington stole something! Shocking!

    July 15, 2013 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  14. Awesome

    This is nothing compared to the tax payers money wasted by politicians on unnecessary spending and that includes government agencies like IRS and TSA.

    July 15, 2013 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  15. Loathstheright

    Duh, Republican, they are all thieves and criminals. He was only mimicing Bachmann's thieving ways.

    July 15, 2013 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  16. Tom

    This guy was just one among many in the Bachmann camp.

    July 15, 2013 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  17. DoNotWorry

    Amazing that a hispanic man would work for this... person.

    July 15, 2013 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  18. Klaark

    She seems like the type who'd keep a minority handy in case blame needed to be put somewhere.

    July 15, 2013 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  19. sonnie3

    How about a picture of Sanchez instead of Bachmann
    Cnn on a mission here or what

    July 16, 2013 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  20. svann

    Office supplies?

    July 16, 2013 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  21. Robert Morales

    Well he certainly didn't steal dignity, respect, honor, or common sense from the House; that's been missing for a while now

    July 16, 2013 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  22. Michael Benjamin

    No doubt he picked up the habit from his boss.

    July 16, 2013 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  23. squincher

    How ironic..............literally stealing from the people of the United States....

    July 16, 2013 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  24. MaryM

    Surprise, Surprise

    July 16, 2013 01:43 am at 1:43 am |
  25. G.R.R.

    no, no, no, no, no.
    Somebody that is a GOP would NEVER be corrupt or steal from others, esp. the public.
    We need to do a special investigation. There can be little doubt that Obama stole the object and then framed sanchez.

    Besides, with Sanchez being a GOP, this is just standard protocol.
    So, we need to let her go.

    July 16, 2013 02:27 am at 2:27 am |
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