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GOP congressman prepares legal challenge against House metal detectors

The GOP member says the metal detectors are unconstitutional, purposefully avoiding metal detectors to set up a trial.

Updated: April 14, 2021 - 11:56am

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Georgia GOP Rep. Andrew Clyde says he's preparing to a court challenge to the fines House Speaker Nancy Pelosi impose on him for failing to walk through metal detectors to get to the House floor.

Clyde announced his intentions after the House Ethics Committee denied the appeal on the fines, arguing the ruling gives him legal standing to pose a court challenge. 

He also said he and his legal team are await the announcement of the fine levied by the speaker.

"We are preparing for the next stage of this fight, said Clyde, according to Politico. "I will take my case to federal court where I am confident justice will be served."

Pelosi put the metal detectors at the doors of the House floor, where members cast final votes, after Jan. 6 riot.

The fine is $5,000 for their first infraction and $10,000 for any additional infraction. Members don't have to pay out of pocket. The fines are taken out of paychecks,

Clyde, who thinks the metal detectors are unconstitutional, said he intentionally refused to use them to set up a legal challenge.

"People have to stand for the Constitution." he recently told Fox News.