Fact Check: Senate Sergeant-At-Arms Was NOT Murdered

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  • by: Courtney Kealy
Fact Check: Senate Sergeant-At-Arms Was NOT Murdered No Inside Job

Was Michal Stenger, the Senate sergeant-at-arms, murdered after saying the violence at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, was an inside job? No, that's not true: Stenger resigned after the January 6 riot, as did other officials who were in charge of security. He died at age 71, on June 27, 2022.

The claim appears in a doctored photograph of Cassidy Hutchinson, a former aide in the Trump administration, who testified at the House January 6 committee hearings. In a Facebook post published on July 12, 2022, Hutchinson is holding up a white piece of paper that appears to read :

I AM A DISTRACTION BECAUSE WE MURDERED THE SERGEANT AT ARMES WHO SAID JAN 6 WAS AN INSIDE JOB

This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:

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(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Wed Jul 13 21:06:11 2022 UTC)

The doctored photo has been taken from a copyrighted photo of her testimony. The authentic photo is below:

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(Source: New York Magazine screenshot taken on Wed Jul 13 20:20:28 2022 UTC)

According to longtime congressional correspondent Chad Pergram at Fox News, "Stenger had been suffering from cancer."

NBC News reported that Stenger's death was not considered suspicious:

Stenger's cause of death is not yet known. U.S. Capitol Police declined to comment. The medical examiner in Virginia did not handle his death, a spokesman said, indicating it was not considered suspicious.

Fox News reported that Stenger had cancer.

Lead Stories has reached out to officials at the Senate sergeant-at-arms office in Washington, D.C., and will update accordingly.

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  Courtney Kealy

Courtney Kealy is a writer and fact-checker at Lead Stories. A graduate of Columbia University’s School of Journalism, she specializes in national and foreign affairs with more than two decades experience in the Middle East. Her work has appeared on FOX News, AlJazeera America, ABC News, the New York Times, Marie Claire, Time and Newsweek.

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