House Majority Whip James Clyburndisregarded metal detectors placed on the House Floor, according to The Western Journal.
Nancy Pelosi introduced new security protocols after the January 6 riot at the Capitol.
Clyburn could possibly have to pay a fine of $5,000.
Clyburn is the first Democrat to break the rules.
Allegedly Clyburn left the House Floor to use the restroom and upon re-entering he didn’t walk back through the metal detectors.
Clyburn allegedly walked around the metal detector.
A source shared that Clyburn walked through the metal detector less than 10 minutes prior to his re-entrance of the House Floor.
“Congressman Clyburn respects the rules of the chamber and he disputes the characterization of this incident.”
Sergeant at Arms Timothy Blodgett will decide whether or not Clyburn will be fined.
Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert was handed a similar fine in February.
Louie Gohmert said in an attempt for an appeal, “The officer said I needed to be wanded but since I had already been through the metal detector thoroughly and having never before been required to be wanded after already having entered the floor properly, I returned to the House floor to engage in my turn to debate the bill under consideration.”
“I did all of that to enter the House floor.”
Further, there was no notice of the change in the requirement that once all of the requirements were met and the House floor was entered, that I would have to be wanded when returning from the restroom mere feet from the Speaker’s Lobby where there were no metal detectors.”
From The Western Journal:
The incident has been referred to Sergeant at Arms Timothy Blodgett, who will decide if the top House Democrat will face the fines set in place by Pelosi.
The speaker oversaw the installation of the metal detectors following the Jan. 6 incursion into the Capitol. If a lawmaker bypasses the metal detectors, he or she is fined $5,000 for the first offense and $10,000 for the second.
Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas faced a similar fine after walking around the detectors in February and unsuccessfully appealed the fine in March.
The House Ethics Committee announced that Republican Rep. Hal Rogers of Kentucky is facing a $5,000 fine for skipping “complete security screening” prior to a vote last week.
Rogers allegedly set off the metal detector and continued to walk into the chamber after a Capitol Police officer tried to wand him.
He came back after he voted and asked the officers what he needed to do to complete his screening, but was told the screening needed to be completed before he voted.