Two tightly connected things happened in Washington, D.C., on November 8: a “high-end” brothel serving “elected officials” was shut down by the FBI, and the U.S. House approved a controversial $300 million new headquarters building for the weaponized agency.

In announcing the brothel’s bust, the Department of Justice explained that the sex-trafficking operation served “elected officials, high tech and pharmaceutical executives, doctors, military officers, government contractors that possess security clearances, professors, attorneys, scientists and accountants, among others.”

The press release named the brothel operators: Han “Hana” Lee, 41, of Cambridge, MA; James Lee, 68, of Torrance, CA; and Junmyung Lee, 30, of Dedham, MA.

In lurid detail, the Department of Justice explained how the operators advertised their services—primarily young Asian women—for high-end customers. In order to utilize the prostitution services of the brothel, prospective clients allegedly completed “a form providing their full names, email address, phone number, employer and reference if they had one.”

Not mentioned in the press release were the names of the customers.

The announcement was made just ahead of a vote in the U.S. House, which would have defunded the $300 million new headquarters building proposed for the FBI. The facility, to be built in Maryland, will reportedly be larger than the Pentagon. The Pentagon has a total floor area of 6.5 million square feet and offices 23,000 military and civilian employees.

Fresh with the news that a brothel serving “elected officials” had been raided, 273 Members of Congress voted against the amendment, and in favor of the weaponized FBI.

Some of those members are regular shills for the weaponization of government against the citizenry. They want tens of thousands of armed IRS agents swarming middle-class neighborhoods to check receipts for side-hustle gigs, and they cheer when octogenarian grandmothers are arrested for protesting in D.C.

But it is not unreasonable to assume that some of them no doubt compromised themselves with this brothel. One can easily assume conversations between those members and representatives of the DOJ and FBI detailing the information collected regarding the “elected officials.”

The FBI has a long and sordid history – notably under J. Edgar Hoover – of keeping files on politicians’ sex lives that would be leveraged for the agency’s advantage.

In recent years, we have watched the FBI and DOJ be weaponized against the citizenry. Members of Congress should not have rewarded the agency with a new headquarters. There was no good reason to support the new building project and a lot of bad ones.

Texans voting to fund the FBI headquarters boondoggle included:
Republicans John Carter, Jake Ellzey, Tony Gonzales, Kay Granger, and Pete Sessions; and Democrats Colin Allred, Greg Casar, Joaquin Castro, Jasmine Crockett, Henry Cuellar, Veronica Escobar, Lizzie Fletcher, Sylvia Garcia, Vicente Gonzalez, and Marc Veasey.

Michael Quinn Sullivan

Michael Quinn Sullivan is the publisher of Texas Scorecard. He is a native Texan, a graduate of Texas A&M, and an Eagle Scout. Previously, he has worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine contributor, Capitol Hill staffer, and think tank vice president. Michael and his wife have three adult children, a son-in-law, and a dog. Michael is the author of three books, including "Reflections on Life and Liberty."