The House Ethics Committee has fined Representative Jim Clyburn $5,000 after Capitol Police reported he avoided being screened before entering the House chamber.
A report from Politico says the number 3 House Democrat initially went through screening when he entered the Chamber earlier this week but did not go through the screening process after he left the floor to go to the bathroom.
According to the House Ethics Committee, the Congressman has appealed the fine.
Clyburn entered the chamber Tuesday and “deliberately avoided being screened by refusing to submit to screening,” according to a Capitol Police memorandum released by the ethics panel. A handwritten report said Clyburn “walked around” a metal detector.
Clyburn is the first Democrat to be fined for defying the security screening rule. Three Republicans have been fined.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic leaders, including Clyburn, pushed for the fines after officials ordered new security outside the House chamber following the Jan. 6th riot.