Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday asked Capitol Police officers to prevent Republican lawmakers from walking around the newly-installed metal detectors at the doors to the House floor.
As she walked through the magnetometer on her way to talk about the resolution to impeach President Donald Trump, Pelosi said to the cops: ‘Can we move this closer to the door so they can’t get through?’
Capitol Police officers later added tables the sides of the device to block Republicans from walking around it.
The move came after several House Republicans raged about the newly-installed metal detector they need to pass to get onto the chamber floor with many either walking around it or refusing to be searched by officers when they set it off.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi asked Capitol Police officers to prevent Republican lawmakers from walking around the newly-installed metal detectors
Capitol Police officers later added tables the sides of the device to block Republicans from walking around it – the tables can be seen in the lower right side of the above photo
Rep. Lauren Boebert, who has bragged about her desire to carry her glock pistol into the Capitol, got into a standoff with police and wouldn’t let them search her bag after she set off the security alarm.
Boebert, who supports QAnon theories and made a name for herself carrying her fire arm on the campaign trail, walked through the screening process with her bag, which set off the magnetometer. She refused to hand the bag over to be searched.
Capitol Police eventually let her in the House chamber and it appears her bag was not searched before they did so.
‘I am legally permitted to carry my firearm in Washington, D.C. and within the Capitol complex,’ Boebert tweeted after the incident. ‘Metal detectors outside of the House would not have stopped the violence we saw last week — it’s just another political stunt by Speaker Pelosi.’
Rep. Lauren Boebert, who has bragged about her desire to carry her glock pistol into the Capitol, got into a standoff with Capitol Hill police and wouldn’t let them search her bag after she set off the security alarm on Tuesday night before she entered the House floor
Congresswoman Debbie Lasko tweeted: ‘For members of Congress to enter the floor of the U.S. House, we now have to go through intense security measures, on top of the security we already go through. These new provisions include searches and being wanded like criminals. We now live in Pelosi’s communist America!’
Speaker Pelosi went through the metal detectors when she entered the House floor on Tuesday night. She, too, set them off but stopped for Capitol Police to wand her.
The new security procedures were announced Tuesday, coming after last week’s riot on Capitol Hill that left five people dead and a trail of destruction through the building, including smashed windows, torn papers, and broken furniture.
‘Effective immediately, all persons, including Members, are required undergo security screening when entering the House Chamber,’ acting House Sergeant at Arms Timothy Blodgett wrote Tuesday in a memo to lawmakers obtained by DailyMail.com.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi went through the metal detectors when she entered the House floor
Speaker Pelosi stopped for Capitol Police to wand her
Republican Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene set off the detectors when she went through them Tuesday night and had to get wanded by U.S. Capitol Police
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene takes off her shoes as part of the screening process
Lawmakers were reminded that firearms are not permitted on the House floor but face masks are required to be worn.
Security will remove those who do not comply.
‘Failure to complete screening or the carrying of prohibited items could result in denial of access to the Chamber,’ Blodgett wrote. ‘Members not wearing a mask will not be admitted to the Floor and Members who fail to wear a mask will be removed from the Floor.’
But many Republicans revolted against the new security measures as long lines of lawmakers waited to go through the screening so they could vote, causing delays for them to get onto the House floor.
Before Tuesday, lawmakers were allowed to skip security lines going into and out of the Capitol complex. They were able to walk around the mags simply by wearing the gold circular lapel pin that identified them as a member of Congress.
Republican lawmakers argued with Democratic leadership and even the Capitol Police officers running the security system.
‘This is bull****,’ Rep. Rodney Davis told House Democratic Leader Steny Hoyer, calling the new system ‘horse****’, adding that valuable resources were being diverted and complaining the Republicans weren’t consulted on the matter.
Rep. Markwayne Mullin said police ‘can’t stop me’ from going through them.
And Rep. Steve Womack yelled at officers as he went through the magnetometer: ‘You are creating a problem you do not understand the ramifications of.’
He said it is going to create chaos during votes with members steaming through.
‘Get back,’ he told them. ‘Don’t touch me.’
Other Republicans, about a dozen, simply walked around the metal detectors, refusing to go through them.
Texas Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert was one of them.
‘You can’t stop me; I’m on my way to a vote,’ he said as he bypassed police.
Congressman Steve Scalise, the No. 2 Republican in the House, said the situation is ‘untenable’ because it ‘impedes the ability of members to come and vote.’
‘This is our job,’ he said.
Republican Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene set off the detectors when she went through them Tuesday night and had to go through additional screening.
Greene, who supports QAnon conspiracy theories, had to take off her shoes and was at the magnetometer for about two minutes total to get wanded by an officer.
Greene, who has objected to wearing a face mask in the past, was wearing one Tuesday night. It read Molon labe, which means ‘come and take them’ and is an ancient Greek expression that is a classical expression of defiance.
She praised the police officers and yelled at the reporters covering Tuesday night’s vote.
‘Y’all are the best, y’all are great – all the media and all the liars and them, they’re not great,’ she said.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, who has objected to wearing a face mask in the past, was wearing one Tuesday night. It read Molon labe, which means ‘come and take them’ and is an ancient Greek expression that is a classical expression of defiance
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, Democrat of Maryland, goes through a new metal detector as he walks to the floor of the House of Representatives
Republican Congressman Jim Jordan, a staunch Trump ally, took the House floor during Tuesday night’s debate, to complain about the metal detectors
There were long lines of lawmakers to get through security and onto the House floor
Additionally, lawmakers will face fines for not complying with the face mask rule if legislation on the matter is approved in Tuesday night’s vote.
When the House votes later Tuesday on the rule for a resolution to encourage Vice President Mike Pence to use the 25th Amendment to remove President Donald Trump from office, it will include language to impose fines on lawmakers who don’t wear masks on the House floor.
The fines include: $500 for the first offense and $2,500 for the second office.
The fines will be deducted directly from the lawmaker’s paycheck, which is distributed by the House.
The legislation is expected to pass – although Pence is not expected to use the 25th amendment to remove Trump from office so House Democrats will hold a vote on impeaching the president on Wednesday afternoon.
At least three Democrats have tested positive for COVID after huddling in a small, poorly ventilated room with Republicans who refused to wear face masks last Wednesday, when Capitol Police put lawmakers on lock down for their safety.
Democratic Rep. Brad Schneider on Tuesday announced he had COVID and blamed Republicans for infecting himself and fellow Democratic Representatives Pramila Jayapal and Bonnie Watson Coleman, a 75-year-old cancer survivor.
Republican Congressman Jim Jordan, a staunch Trump ally, took the House floor during Tuesday night’s debate, to complain about the metal detectors that lawmakers now have to walk through and the fines for not wearing a face mask.
Jordan, wearing a mask that covered his mouth but not his nose, called it part of the ‘cancel culture mob out there.’
‘I do not know where this ends,’ he said.
Ahead of Tuesday’s vote series, workers were seen installing the metal detectors outside the entrances to the House floor in the inner sanctum of the Capitol building. Wednesday’s MAGA mob didn’t penetrate the chamber but lawmakers fled for their lives as the insurgents banged at the doors, held off by stacks of furniture and U.S. Capitol Police, who had their guns drawn.
It’s all part of the security crackdown taking place after last week’s riot and ahead of January 20th – the day President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris take the oath of office.
The changes are visible. Street closures have been put into affect around the Capitol Hill complex. And a ring of steel – a seven foot high anti-climbing fence – circles the Capitol itself. And at least 10,000 National Guard troops arrived in Washington D.C. – taking up positions in and around the Capitol – with more expected in the next week.
The House, being opened into session by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, is voting on a rule that will fine members of Congress for not wearing masks
Works on Capitol Hill installed the new magnetometer ahead of votes in the House of Representatives on Tuesday
All lawmakers must go through the magnetometer and be checked by U.S. Capitol Police before they can enter the House floor
The metal detector is part of the new security crack down in the Capitol; lawmakers were also reminded they cannot bring fire arms to the House floor
President-elect Biden said on Monday that he wasn’t afraid of holding his inauguration ceremony outside even though the pro-Trump mob swarmed the stands built for his inauguration.
‘I’m not afraid of taking the oath outside,’ he said.
Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf, in one of his last acts before he resigned on Tuesday, gave the federal government an additional week to get the security crackdown in place.
‘I have instructed the U.S. Secret Service to begin the National Special Security Event operations for the 2021 Inauguration effective Wednesday, January 13 instead of January 19. Our federal, state, and local partners will continue to coordinate their plans and position resources for this important event,’ he announced.
A National Special Security Event means that multiple federal agencies are involved. The United States Secret Service serves as the lead agency, coordinating with local police, the Department of Defense, the FBI, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Additionally, the Washington Monument, one of the most popular tourist attractions in Washington D.C., has been closed.
A crowd control fence was put up around Capitol Hill, reaching seven feet high
Members of the New York National Guard form up on the East Front of the Capitol as at least 10,000 troops are deployed in Washington D.C.
U.S. National Guard members walk among the columns of the crypt beneath the U.S. Capitol rotunda
President-elect Joe Biden said he is not worried about holding his inauguration ceremony outside
Biden indicated Friday he was glad President Trump wasn’t coming to his inauguration.
‘One of the few things he and I have ever agreed on. It’s a good thing him not showing up,’ Biden said at a press conference about the president’s snub.
Trump announced Friday that he will be a no-show Biden’s inauguration ceremony, a break with historical tradition.
‘To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th,’ he declared the morning after he finally acknowledged publicly he will not have a second term in the White House.
There have been reports that Vice President Mike Pence will attend to show his support for a peaceful transfer of power.
Biden said of Pence: ‘He’s welcome. I’d be honored to have him.’
The last president not to attend his successor’s swearing-in was President Andrew Johnson in 1869 – who had also been impeached. Both John Adams and John Quincy Adams snubbed their successors too.
The Biden team has announced a scaled back inauguration ceremony, with the theme of ‘America United.’ The traditional parade will now be a virtual event and a limited number of tickets will be given out for the ceremony.
The Biden team has encouraged supporters to stay home and celebrate there.
Additionally, Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser on Monday asked all Americans to stay away from the inauguration. She had already extended the city’s 6 p.m. curfew through Inauguration Day.