A special assistant to President Obama — a high-level staffer who used to access the White House on a regular basis — has been arrested in a bizarre shooting incident involving a Capitol Hill police officer, reportedly her lover.
CNN reports that Barvetta Singletary was busted and booked on “charges of assault and reckless endangerment” after she allegedly grabbed the officer’s service weapon and shot at him following an argument at the woman’s residence.
“The incident began early Friday morning after Singletary texted the officer ‘asking him to come to her residence'” for an intimate encounter, according to police records cited by CNN.
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Singletary began asking the officer about another woman he was dating and demanded that he provide her with access to his cell phones so that she could check his message and call data.
“Singletary then grabbed the officer’s service weapon from a bag and pointed it at him, before firing one round toward him, documents say,” according to the CNN report.
An Obama spokesperson says that Singletary has been placed on administrative leave, and her White House credentials have been revoked.
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CNN’s coverage of the bizarre incident notes that Singletary used to work for one of Obama’s most loyal supporters in the Congressional Black Caucus, Assistant Minority Leader James Clyburn of South Carolina. She moved to the White House in 2014 and has been working as a legislative affairs liaison, earning $125,000 annually, according to public records.
The New York Daily News notes that during her work for Rep. Clyburn, Singletary was credited as “a key player in helping craft the Affordable Care Act.”
You may recall that Obama recently said that his biggest frustration in dealing with Congress has been his inability to push through more gun control legislation. It will be interesting to see if the president refers to this shooting incident involving his own aide in making any further effort to get the lawmakers with whom she used to work to tighten gun laws in the United States.
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