A domestic violence investigation into Colorado Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert was closed last week after her ex-husband Jayson recanted his claim that she struck him during an altercation at a restaurant, the Associated Press reported.
Police in Silt, Colorado confirmed on January 7 that they were investigating an altercation that occurred the previous night at the Miner’s Claim restaurant.
Jayson Boebert reportedly called 911 from the restaurant and claimed that his ex-wife punched him during the altercation. When police arrived at the scene, Rep. Boebert cooperated with the officers while her ex-husband did not. According to the arrest affidavit, the “highly intoxicated” Jayson Boebert was yelling at the officers.
Rep. Boebert admitted that she placed a finger on Jayson’s nose to bring an end to an argument. She said the discussion first began at their former home but moved to the restaurant after it got tense.
Police found no sign of injury on Jayson’s face and when he refused to leave, officers had to physically escort him from the restaurant.
In a statement from Boebert’s reelection campaign, the Colorado congresswoman denied the allegation and said she would consult her lawyer “about the false claims” made against her.
The 43-year-old Jayson Boebert was taken into custody on misdemeanor charges on Tuesday, January 9.
He was charged with third-degree criminal trespass, disorderly conduct, and obstructing a peace officer. According to Silt police, Boebert also recanted his claim that his ex-wife punched him.
In a statement on January 10, the Silt Police Department said the allegations of domestic violence leveled against Congresswoman Boebert were “unfounded” and the investigation into the allegation was closed.
According to the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, Jayson Boebert is also facing misdemeanor assault charges, as well as misdemeanor charges of harassment and the prohibited use of a firearm for a separate incident that occurred at home with his 18-year-old son on January 9. Congresswoman Boebert was not present at the time, CNN reported.