Several House Republicans faced a $ 5,000 fine, including a GOP member who also left the bedroom to use the same nearby bathroom. If Clyburn is ultimately not fined, it could trigger a major problem in the chamber, as Republicans will likely wonder why they were fined, but not Clyburn. House Republicans voted against the fines in February.
Clyburn entered the house upstairs on Tuesday through an entrance that faces the Capitol Rotunda. He was misplaced by security, according to a source familiar with the matter, who noted that he then voted, before exiting through another door to the bathroom which is outside the hall of the Speaker of the House. When he left the bathroom, Clyburn walked over to his Capitol Police detail, who was speaking with the magnetometer officer in the President’s lobby. They bypassed the metal detector and returned to the floor of the house, the source said.
Clyburn didn’t refuse any orders, the source said, and he had gone through security less than 10 minutes before returning to the bedroom.
Clyburn’s office denied how a police referral described the incident. It is unclear exactly what the police referral account said.
“Congressman Clyburn is following the rules of the chamber and he is contesting the qualification of this incident,” a spokesperson for Clyburn said in a statement.
House Democrats, including Clyburn, voted in February to impose fines on MPs who dodged metal detectors. A first offense is $ 5,000, deducted from a member’s salary, and a second offense is $ 10,000.
Details of Clyburn’s detector avoidance are similar to those of GOP representative Louie Gohmert (Texas), who had unsuccessfully tried to appeal the fine imposed by Blodgett on February 5. the panel had decided to maintain the fine imposed on it.
However, there is a difference between the two incidents. Clyburn was not asked to go through a metal detector again, according to the source, while Gohmert, a member of the base, was asked to go through security again and refused.
“The officer said I needed to be a wand, but since I had gone through the metal detector all the way and never had to be a wand after entering the ground properly, I returned to the House to initiate debate in my turn. the bill under consideration, “Gohmert wrote in his appeal, recounting his return to the House level from the bathroom.
Gohmert, like Clyburn, went through security before going out to use the upstairs bathroom.
“I did all of this to get into the house. Also, there was no notice of a change to the requirement that once all requirements have been met and the floor of the House entered, I should be misplaced on my way back from the washroom a few feet from the Speaker’s Lobby. where there was no metal. detectors, ”he argued.
On the same day as the Clyburn incident, the House Ethics Committee announced that Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) Would be fined $ 5,000 for skipping a “full security check” to go upstairs to the House a week earlier.
According to the Capitol Police reference, Rogers set off the metal detector, but he continued to enter the room when an officer went out with the wand, telling officers, “Maybe later I will have to vote. ” He later returned to complete the selection after voting, asking the agent what to do now. The officer told him he had to go through security before voting, not after.