(PresidentialWire.com)- As part of her grand plan to milk as much political capital out of the 3-hour melee on January 6, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi ordered the placement of metal detectors in the US Capitol. The move was one more way Nancy Pelosi could perpetrate the myth that the biggest threat to members of the House was from the “enemy within” – i.e. her Republican colleagues.
And because Nancy is a dictatorial, power-mad lunatic, she imposed ridiculous fines for any member of the House who refused to go through her metal detectors — $5,000 for a first-time offense, and $10,000 for a second offense.
Rather than require members to pay the fine separately, the fine is docked from their paychecks.
One such alleged metal detector scofflaw was North Carolina Republican Virginia Foxx. In May, Foxx set off a metal detector placed at the door to the House Chamber. As Capitol Police officers tried to stop her, Foxx allegedly threw her bag underneath the table near the metal detector and entered the Chamber for a vote.
Foxx was fined, but appealed the fine and requested an opportunity to appear before the Ethics Committee to make her case. Foxx challenged the report from Capitol Police that she failed to complete the security screening before entering the Chamber.
And last week, the 10-member panel of the House Ethics Committee voted to drop the $5,000 fine levied against Foxx.
This is the third time the Ethics Committee voted to waive Nancy’s capricious fines. Last month, the Committee voted to drop the fines issued against House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) and Representative Hal Rogers (R-KY).
However, the Ethics Committee upheld the fines against three House Republicans who also appealed — Louie Gohmert (TX), Andrew Clyde (GA) and Lloyd Smucker (PA).
Ironically, in early February, one lawmaker skirted the metal detectors and wasn’t fined. That lawmaker was none other than Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.
Republicans immediately wrote a letter to Timothy Blodgett, the Acting House Sergeant at Arms, demanding that Pelosi be subjected to the same onerous fines she imposed. In response, Blodgett said that he could not fine Pelosi without a report of the offense from the Capitol Police.
It’s good to be queen.