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GOP Reps. Gohmert and Clyde fined $5K for bypassing House metal detectors

Under new House rules, the first offense for bypassing security screening protocols is a $5,000 fine and the second is $10,000.
Image: A metal detector stands outside of the House chamber at the U.S. Capitol.
A metal detector stands outside of the House chamber at the U.S. Capitol.Sarah Silbiger / Getty Images

GOP Reps. Louie Gohmert and Andrew Clyde were fined $5,000 for bypassing newly-installed metal detectors as they entered the House floor, a senior Democratic aide told NBC News on Friday.

The lawmakers are the first members of Congress that have been fined for not following the added security measures put in place by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., following the violent Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol, which led to fives deaths during the attack and in the immediate aftermath.

"I’m going to fight it. I’m going to appeal it, and them I’m going to take them to court, because this is unconstitutional," Clyde, of Georgia, said to Fox News' Laura Ingraham on Friday, claiming the metal detectors "are there to detain us."

"I think I have already done it at least a couple of times. That fine was for a couple days ago. I have had a couple of fines since then I think. I am probably up to $25,000 by now," he said.

Representatives for Gohmert, of Texas, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Gohmert was one of the members seen bypassing the detectors when they were first put in place last month.

Earlier this week, the House voted on a rules change mandating fines for members if they refuse to follow the new security screening protocols. The first offense is a $5,000 fine and the second is $10,000. The fines are deducted directly from their salaries by the Chief Administrative Officer.

The new security measures have created tension between some members and Capitol police officers. Several Republican members of Congress have complained in recent weeks about going through the metal detectors to enter the House floor. Many were also seen not complying with police at checkpoints and bypass the metal detectors.