House Republicans on Wednesday defended newly installed metal detectors at the entrance of the chamber for the second day in a row ahead of the impending vote to impeach President Donald Trump.
Matt Fuller, a reporter for HuffPost, recorded at least 12 GOP lawmakers by side-stepping metal detectors or setting them up and continuing on the house floor. They included Reps. Virginia Fox of Virginia, Paul Gosar of Arizona, Markwene Mullin of Oklahoma and Louis Gohart of Texas.
Security at the Capitol has increased after the deadly riots that took place last week. Thousands of armed National Guards were expected in D.C. amid growing threats surrounding President-Elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. Many soldiers were seen sleeping on the floor of the Capitol overnight.
After voting on Tuesday to pass a resolution calling on Vice President Mike Pence to implement the 25th Amendment to remove Trump, the House put in place new security measures, which included metal detectors and fines for those members Those who do not wear masks on the house floor. . Firearms are limited to a member’s office.
Gohmert, Steve Scalise R-La., Steve Womack, R-Ark. And lawmakers, including Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., Among others, were not seen at those outposts complying with the police or following the new rule.
“This is nonsense,” Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., Told officers at the door.