Members of the GOP wanted to fine House Speaker Nancy Pelosi $5,000 after violating her own Capitol building metal detector rules on February 5th, 2021.
Hours after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi deducted $5,000 each from the salary of two GOP Congressmen for defining her metal detector rules, a group of Republican politicians demanded that she pay the same fine for the same offense. GOP members of the Committee on House Administration on Friday night claimed Pelosi had been seen on Thursday entering the House Chamber without going through the metal detectors that she ordered to be installed after the January 6th Capitol riot. “Yesterday at approximately 9:59 a.m. multiple members observed the Speaker of the House entering the House Chamber without completing security screening,” the members wrote to House acting sergeant at arms Timothy Blodgett.
“We are demanding she face the same fines as every other member of Congress,” the GOP members of the committee tweeted Friday night, along with a copy of the letter. The New York Post had reported that Representatives Louie Gohmert (R-TX) and Andrew Clyde (R-GA) were the two House members hit with the $5,000 fine. Gohmert said he will appeal, and he usually complies with the metal detectors, but did not on a single occasion after leaving to use the bathroom, “Unlike in the movie ‘The Godfather,’ there are no toilets with tanks where one could hide a gun, so my re-entry onto the House floor should have been a non-issue,” Gohmert said in a statement.
Blodgett wrote in a Friday night reply to House republicans that U.S. Capitol Police must file a complaint before legislators can be fined. There has been no such report about Pelosi he said, “Only the USCP can determine whether an individual has failed to complete security screening as only the USCP has sufficient training to determine compliance with USCP screening procedures,” Blodgett wrote. “I have directed that the USCP produce and provide unusual incident reports on any individual who fails to complete security screening without exception. I have not received any unusual incident report from the USCP concerning the Speaker of the House.”
Representative Rodney Davis (R-IL) had this to say about the situation on Twitter: “Just proves this new rule is being arbitrarily enforced & clearly does not apply to all members. It was put in place for political gain, not for safety. The SAA is appointed by Speaker Pelosi & once again, she is showing the American people that the rules do not apply to her.”(@HouseAdmnGOP). Representative Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) gave a comment as well, “Pay the fine Speaker Pelosi,”(@RepDanCrenshaw).
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