Pelosi reportedly spotted bypassing metal detectors in violation of her own rules

In the wake of last month’s riot on Capitol Hill, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced new security measures, including a requirement that elected officials must pass through metal detectors at the Capitol building’s entrance or face hefty fines.

Two GOP lawmakers have already been fined for not abiding by the new rules, but new reports suggest that Pelosi herself must have believed she was exempt.

“To impose fines against members”

According to the Daily Caller, the California Democrat bypassed the metal detectors on her way into the building on Friday.

Reps. Rodney Davis (R-IL), Barry Loudermilk (R-GA), and Bryan Steil (R-WI) banded together to submit a request to House Sergeant at Arms Timothy P. Blodgett demanding that he assess a $5,000 fine against Pelosi according to the new rules she approved.

The GOP lawmakers cited the House resolution that gives the sergeant at arms the authority “to impose fines against members of the House who fail to complete security screening prior to entering the House Chamber.”

“Walking around the metal detectors”

A number of witnesses reportedly spotted Pelosi bypass the security checkpoint, and the trio of congressmen requested an update from Blodgett when he had accordingly imposed the fine.

For his part, Loudermilk posted a copy of their letter in a tweet on Friday:

On the same day that Pelosi reportedly ignored her own security rules, Reps. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) and Andrew Clyde (R-GA) were both hit with a $5,000 fine for sidestepping the screening measure.

“Should have been a non-issue”

A senior Democratic Party aide revealed the assessment under the condition of anonymity, according to USA Today, because the individual was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.

Gohmert addressed the situation, claiming that he complied with the rule upon entering the building but did not pass back through the metal detectors after making a trip to the restroom.

“At no time until yesterday did anyone mention the need to be wanded after entering the restroom directly in front of the guards,” he said. “Unlike in the movie The Godfather, there are no toilets with tanks where one could hide a gun, so my reentry onto the House floor should have been a non-issue.”

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