After House Speaker Nancy Pelosi fined two Republican lawmakers, Reps. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) and Andrew Clyde (R-GA), $5,000 each for violating the House metal detector rule, Republicans from the Committee on House Administration demanded that Pelosi be held accountable herself for the same offense.
According to a letter the officials sent to the House Acting Sergeant at Arms Timothy Blodgett, Pelosi was seen ignoring the metal detectors as she entered the House Chamber Thursday morning.
On Saturday, Blodgett wrote back to the GOP officials, denying that he had the authority to levy the fine. "Only the [United States Capitol Police] can determine whether an individual has failed to complete security screening," the Sergeant at Arms said.
House Republicans blasted Blodgett's response, saying that demonstrates another instance of the leading Democrat's refusal to abide by the very rules she sets for others.
"Just proves this new rule is being arbitrarily enforced & clearly does not apply to all members," the Republicans wrote. "It was put in place for political gain, not for safety. The SAA is appointed by Speaker Pelosi & once again, she is showing the American people that the rules do not apply to her."
Prior to this incident, Pelosi was criticized for violating her own House rule for gender-neutral language by referring to herself as a "mother and daughter." And in September, Pelosi was caught on security footage receiving a private wash and blow-out at a salon shuttered by coronavirus restrictions. Pelosi was not wearing a mask in the salon.