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Louie Gohmert Says He Was Fined $5,000 Under Nancy Pelosi's Rules After Going to the House Bathroom

Newsweek logo Newsweek 2/6/2021 Jeffery Martin
Louie Gohmert wearing a suit and tie sitting at a table: Texas Representative Louie Gohmert said Friday that he had been fined $5,000 for violating the House's rules about submitting to metal detector scans after returning from a trip to the bathroom. © Patrick Semansky--Pool/Getty Texas Representative Louie Gohmert said Friday that he had been fined $5,000 for violating the House's rules about submitting to metal detector scans after returning from a trip to the bathroom.

Texas Republican Representative Louie Gohmert said Friday he had been fined $5,000 for violating the House of Representatives' new rule on metal detectors after ducking into the restroom.

Metal detectors were installed in the House in the aftermath of a riot at the Capitol in January. Supporters of former President Donald Trump breached the Capitol building, forcing some lawmakers to go into hiding. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spearheaded the rule change.

On Tuesday, she announced that members who did not submit to being scanned by metal detectors would be subject to a fine. Gohmert said Friday he was surprised to learn that he had been fined.

According to Gohmert, Capitol police had never scanned him as he walked from the restroom to the House floor entrance.

"I said they had witnessed me walk the few feet to the men's room, enter and take the few steps back," Gohmert wrote. "No one ever mentioned or made that a requirement until yesterday."

"Since I had been complying with the metal detector requirement despite the Constitutional issue, I was surprised to receive a notice today stating that I had not complied with their policy and that I would be fined $5,000," Gohmert continued. "I will be appealing the fine and taking whatever action is necessary, especially considering this policy is unconstitutional."

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Gohmert alleged that the new House rule was part of a Democratic scheme to "demonize and punish their political opponents."

Newsweek reached out to Pelosi's office for comment.

This is a breaking story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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