Alaskan couple Marilyn and Paul Hueper appeared on Fox News Tuesday and alleged that they continue to be targeted by law enforcement months after the FBI broke down their door, handcuffed and questioned them in a case of mistaken identity.
The Huepers told host Laura Ingraham that they feel as though they are being treated like they are on a terror watch list nearly six months after attending then-President Donald Trump’s January 6 rally and three months after being questioned by the FBI.
Paul detailed the harrowing Fourth of July weekend travel experience for the couple who was held up in Anchorage, Seattle, and San Francisco.
“We just traveled recently, had every piece of our luggage torn apart. We missed three flights trying to get to San Francisco for a wedding and a funeral. And they went through everything, held us up, went through items piece by piece by piece. Met us down at the runway,” Paul said of the encounter.
(Video: Fox News)
Paul went on to say that he and Marilyn feel as though they are being harassed by the FBI at this point.
“And they know that they have got the wrong couple, and they won’t let it go. They are just constantly digging, digging, digging, and putting us on these terrorist lists and all of that, and checking over to make sure we don’t have any bombs on us twice over. They sent us through security, sent us back through security a second time, and then, like I mentioned, met us at the airplane and went through our stuff for a third time. Crazy,” Paul told Ingraham.
The Huepers were present at Trump’s rally on January 6th, but according to Mr. Hueper they “never got within 100 yards of the main doors of the Capitol.”
The FBI, however, alleged that the couple was involved in stealing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s laptop based on an image they have of a perpetrator who roughly resembles Marilyn.
In a recent hearing, Rep. Jim Jordan, House Oversight Committee Ranking Member, questioned FBI Director Christopher Wray as to why the couple was treated so brutally.
“You kicked in their door. You held them at gunpoint, handcuffed them, interrogated for four hours, took their phone, you took their laptop, and you took a copy of their pocket-sized Constitution. Why’d you take the Constitution?” the congressman inquired.
Wray attempted to dodge the question, but Jordan pressed on.
“Is it a habit of the FBI to take Constitutions from people that you’re interrogating?” Jordan asked.
“I don’t know if it’s a habit to pursue to any particular docs. We just seize the evidence that is relevant to what is in the affidavit, the search warrant affidavit.” Wray responded.
Ingraham’s staff investigated and found that any information that indicates the state of mind regarding intent related to criminal activity is able to be seized by law enforcement. This particular incident, however, sets a troubling precedent that the Constitution could be accepted as a document that produces a criminal mindset.
“I think it’s indicative and frightening for us as Americans. It should be frightening, because this is actually the copy they took, and there’s no markings in it, nothing. It’s completely blank and empty. In fact, the binding wasn’t even broken because, I am embarrassed to say, I hadn’t read it,” Mrs. Hueper said of the encounter.
“I’m not even sure, it was probably given at a parade or something. I know you can get them for free from most legislation offices, from most of our government offices. So I think if they are giving away something for free and encouraging us that we should know these things, and then they’re circling back to collect them and use what they are giving to us as a reminder of our heritage and rights and then using that as evidence against us to collect us and our rights. So I think it’s very concerning,” Mrs. Hueper said, addressing the potential weaponization of the Constitution.
Congressman Jordan also asked Wray whether or not their text, phone, and email records were kept by the FBI.
“Well, when we return people’s information, my impression is we don’t keep that information, but it depends on the circumstances of the investigation,” Wray remained noncommittal in his answer.
Paul said the fact that the FBI could be holding on to his communications felt “not good” and pointed to continued “evidence of them refusing to let this go even though it’s so obvious that we were not the people they were looking for.”
So far, there has been no clarity from the FBI on when or if the alleged targeting of the Hueper family will stop in the near future, but it points to a frightening example of law enforcement and Democrats working hand in hand to baselessly demonize Americans based on their political identity.
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