Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) issued an apology Thursday after footage and reports of him aggressively grabbing a staffer's arm began to circulate the web.
NBC producer Frank Thorp shared a short video of the run-in on Thursday afternoon. Thorp said the staffer tried to stop Young from heading into a House Republican meeting when the representative took hold of his arm.
Roll Call later released a photo of the incident. The photo's caption claimed Young was attempting to enter the meeting through a side door, which is prohibited while meetings are in session.
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Young said the individual was "unidentified" and physically blocking his path in a statement later Thursday.
"While returning to the GOP conference meeting to discuss the ongoing situation on our southern border I was caught off guard by an unidentified individual who was physically blocking me from reentering the room," he said, according to Thorp. “Regardless, my reaction was wrong and I should have never placed my hands on the young man.”