House Republicans on Wednesday defied the newly put in steel detectors on the entrance to the chamber for the second day in a row ahead of the approaching vote on whether or not to impeach President Donald Trump.
Matt Fuller, a reporter for HuffPost, recorded no less than 12 GOP lawmakers both side-stepping the steel detectors or setting them off and persevering with on to the House flooring. They included Reps. Virginia Foxx of North Carolina, Paul Gosar of Arizona, Markwayne Mullin of Oklahoma and Louie Gohmert of Texas.
Rep. Louie Gohmert sidesteps the magnetometer, shaking his head and waving off the police.
— Matt Fuller (@MEPFuller) January 13, 2021
Security has ramped up around the Capitol after final week’s lethal riots. Tens of hundreds of armed nationwide guardsmen had been anticipated in D.C. amid the elevated threats surrounding President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration next week. Many of the troopers had been seen having to sleep on the Capitol flooring in a single day.
Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., goes by a brand new steel detector on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 12, 2021.Jonathan Ernst / Reuters
Ahead of voting Tuesday to go a decision calling on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the twenty fifth Amendment to take away Trump, the House put in place new safety measures that included the steel detectors and instituting fines for members who don’t put on masks on the House flooring. Firearms are restricted to a member’s workplace.
Lawmakers together with Gohmert, Steve Scalise R-La., Steve Womack, R-Ark., and Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., amongst others, had been seen not complying with police at these checkpoints or lamenting the brand new rule.
“This is bull—-,” Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., advised the officers on the door.
Allan Smith is a political reporter for NBC News.