- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 16, 2014

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - A spokesman for Rep. Don Young says an incident in which Young crossed police tape intended to keep people away from an asbestos accident at the U.S. Capitol was overblown.

Roll Call, citing “multiple sources,” said the Alaska Republican cursed at an officer who tried to stop him from entering the building. An accident involving asbestos work forced a temporary closure of the House side of the Capitol last week.

Young spokesman Matt Shuckerow said the report made it sound like Young was “bursting through walls.”

He said Young volunteered to look for an alternate room for a weekly Bible study group to meet and briefly crossed a sectioned-off area to reach an adjacent part of the Capitol.

He called it a misunderstanding and said Young meant no disrespect.


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