Topline

Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-Ga.) will be forced to pay upwards of $15,000 in fines over two separate incidents in which he evaded Capitol security screenings, after his appeal was rejected by the House Ethics Committee.

Key Facts

The committee, which has an equal number of Democrats and Republicans, said in a statement on Monday that a “majority of the Committee did not agree to the appeals” of Clyde.

Clyde “deliberately avoided being screened” by Capitol Police by refusing to go through the metal detector outside the House chamber on Feb. 3, and on Feb. 5 he set off the metal detector but refused to be wanded down, according to memos from House Sergeant-at-Arms Timothy Blodgett.

Clyde faces two separate fines under a rule House Speaker Nancy Pelosi put in place after the Jan. 6 riot to force compliance with the new security measures: a $5,000 fine for the first incident and a $10,000 fine for the second.

Clyde, in his appeal, alleged “serious and unanswered questions related to selective enforcement,” claiming that members “witnessed on numerous occasions multiple Democrats, including speaker Pelosi, bypassing security screening stations.”

That same allegation had been made by Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) in his rejected appeal of a $5,000 fine for refusing to be wanded down – the Capitol Police referred Forbes to a letter from Blodgett in February stating he had not received a report about Pelosi evading security.

Key Background

Clyde, a member of the right-wing freedom caucus, was elected in 2020 to replace former Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), a staunch Trump ally who launched an unsuccessful bid for the Georgia Senate seat now held by Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.).

Big Number

12. That’s how many Republicans voted against awarding congressional gold medals to the Capitol Police and other law enforcement that responded to the Jan. 6 attack, which passed the House last month with overwhelming bipartisan support.

Crucial Quote

“It is tragic that this step is necessary, but the Chamber of the People’s House must and will be safe,” Pelosi said in a statement announcing the fines in January, slamming House Republicans for “refusing to adhere to basic precautions keeping members of our Congressional community, including the Capitol Police, safe.”