House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was blindsided by a lawsuit by Republican lawmakers seeking to bring about an end to her absurd metal detector fines, Yahoo News reported.
Reps. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) and Andrew Clyde (R-GA) announced that they were bringing a lawsuit against the House sergeant-at-arms and chief administrative officer on Monday, marking the most significant challenge that Pelosi has had to face ever since she put metal detectors in the House following the Jan. 6 riot.
From the start, it was clear that the metal detectors were completely unnecessary and only there to satisfy Pelosi’s power trip. Gohmert and Clyde have seen fit to put an end to this charade and take Pelosi to court.
Violating the Constitution
The lawsuit brought forward by Republicans argues that Pelosi’s fines violate the 27th Amendment of the Constitution.
The 27th amendment states, “No law varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and Representatives shall take effect, until an election of Representatives shall have intervened.” Republicans argue that Pelosi’s fines are “varying” their compensation.
“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,” Clyde told reporters. “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.”
Republican lawmakers rightly recognize the punitive and petty nature of these fines and are going out of their way to put an end to the charade. Pelosi is out of control, and it is up to them to stop her.
Clyde continued, saying, “In fact, the acting chief of the U.S. Capitol Police, Yogananda Pittman, reported to House Republican Conference members in a security briefing on February the 24th that there existed no known intelligence from any source that any member of Congress was a threat to any other member, thereby revealing that the use of magnetometers as a condition of access to the house floor was purely political grandstanding by the speaker and a clear violation of the Constitution.”
Another angle that may aid Republicans in their legal battle against Pelosi is the partisan inconsistency of the rules. The metal detectors were never for security, and the conduct of Democrats in the House proves that assertion.
Where Republicans were fined thousands of dollars, Democrats were free to go about their business and blatantly ignored the metal detectors.
Gohmert explained the situation saying, “When you have that kind of power and you can delay Republicans from coming in and not enforce it against Democrats, you have a formula for a third-world, theocracy oligarch. This is insane. This is not the way Congress is supposed to work.”
Pelosi is running the House like a dictator would run a South American country. Democrats are free to ignore metal detectors and go vote, while Republicans are prevented from carrying out their duties in the face of being fined thousands. This abominable conduct must be stopped, and Democrats must be held accountable.