Earlier this year, several Republican lawmakers purposely bypassed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) newly-installed metal detectors in order to receive fines which they vowed would give them the ability to challenge the rules in a court of law.
According to the Washington Examiner, that day has come, as Reps. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) and Andrew Clyde (R-GA) formally filed suit against the House sergeant-at-arms and chief administrative officer in order to contest the thousands of dollars in fines they incurred after bypassing Pelosi’s metal detectors.
The lawsuit was filed over the weekend in a Washington D.C.-based federal court by attorney Ken Cuccinelli, a former Virginia attorney general who also served as an official under former President Donald Trump.
As the filing indicates, the two GOP congressmen are dialing in on Sergeant-at-Arms William Walker and Chief Administrative Officer Catherine Szpindor, who they say violated their 27th Amendment of the Constitution.
“No law varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and Representatives shall take effect, until an election of Representatives shall have intervened,” the 27th Amendment reads.
The two GOP congressmen held nothing back in their assessment of the situation, claiming that Pelosi’s metal detectors — which were installed shortly after the Jan. 6 Capitol riot — are nothing more than an attempt to exert power over Republican lawmakers.
“It is clear to me that the intent of the speaker is to gain improper influence over the actions of the minority Republican Party and to further speaker Pelosi’s false political narrative. That, and I quote, the enemy is within the House of Representatives, House Resolution 73 is a failure of logic built upon a foundation of Democrat lies that say Republican members and their voters are dangerous domestic terrorists,” Rep. Clyde said.
They also noted several instances where Republicans were late to votes — or missed the altogether — as a result of being held up by security at the metal detectors while Democratic lawmakers seemed to be able to bypass them without repercussions. They also pointed to an instance where Pelosi herself bypassed the metal detectors without suffering a fine for such actions.
A total of six Republicans have been slapped with fines with regard to bypassing Pelosi’s metal detectors. Hopefully, a judge can finally end Pelosi’s charade sooner than later and allow lawmakers to get back to work for the American people.