Unlike ‘The Godfather’, ‘there are no toilets with tanks where one can hide a gun’
Republican Rep. Louis Gohmert of Texas accused Democrats of “rulemaking” as “go later” Rep. Andrew Clyde of Georgia was fined $ 5,000 each on Friday for allegedly bypassing metal detectors installed outside the House Chamber.
Acting house Sergeant-at-Arms Timothy Blodget issued the fine following the breach on Thursday. Penalties were issued earlier as the House passed a measure for fine MPs who refuse to pass through magnetometers installed as a precautionary measure following the Capitol riot on 6 January.
The House’s recommendations apply to those who recover fines for using metal detectors in the House
Gohmert said that in a lengthy statement on the fine, he has complied for weeks “for an” unconstitutional “metal detector”. The Texas lawmaker described the incident as saying that he had already gone through metal detectors earlier in the day.
“After complying with the metal detector screening yesterday, I was allowed to enter the House session where the debate was taking place,” Gohmer said. “Knowing that I would be giving a speech soon, I stepped off the floor of the house to use the restroom next to the speaker’s lobby because I have installed metal detectors many times.
“Until yesterday at no point did anyone mention the need to wander after entering the toilet in front of the guards. The three main entrances have metal detectors, but no house floor entrance from the speaker’s lobby. Originally I went. Around the metal detectors until it was mandatory. I’ve been following it for weeks.
“I explained to the Capitol police officer that I never needed to be re-screened from the toilet from the floor of the house because the metal detectors had made room at the other doors. I said that they had seen me walking a few feet. The men. Enter the room and take a few steps back. Nobody ever mentioned it or did it.
“Unlike the movie ‘The Godfather’, there is no toilet with tanks where one can hide a gun, so my displeasure on the house floor should have been a non-issue.”
A representative from Clyde could not immediately comment on the matter.
Metal detectors have been a source of bottleneck on Capitol Hill, with Republicans arguing the need to install security measures without adequate notice or consultation. Many GOP lawmakers initially refused to follow the process, asking House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to pay a fine.
Under the guidelines, lawmakers are fined $ 5,000 for the first offense and $ 10,000 for the second offense. Fines may not be paid with campaign or office budget funds.
Gohmert said he wanted to appeal the fine.
“This rule has nothing to do with following rules and everything to advance Democrats’ never-ending plan to bring down and punish their political opponents,” Gohammer said. “Still, I’m trying to follow, but it becomes difficult to do so when Democrats keep changing the rules and their enforcement.”
In a separate move on Friday evening, GOP members of the House Administration Committee accused Pelosi of violating his own rules by entering the chamber without going through security. Reps. Rodney Davis and Barry Laudermilk fined Pelosi $ 5,000.
The MPs said, “Whatever was observed was a clear violation of House Proposition 73 and it is necessary to impose this penalty as per the rules of the House.”