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House Ethics Committee decides not to open investigation into Rep. Bowman over fire alarm scandal

Republicans have called for Bowman to be prosecuted over the stunt. 

Published: November 22, 2023 3:09pm

The House Ethics Committee decided on Wednesday to not open an investigation into Rep. Jamaal Bowman, D-N.Y., over pulling a fire alarm back in September. 

"A majority of the members of the Committee did not agree to establish an ISC or report to the House regarding Representative Bowman's conduct," the chairman and ranking member wrote in a statement.

In late September, Bowman pulled the fire alarm in one of the congressional office buildings, interrupting official proceedings. He has been accused of doing so intentionally to delay a vote on government spending.

Last month, Bowman pleaded guilty and has to pay a fine of $1,000 and write an apology to the Capitol Police.

Republicans have called for Bowman to be prosecuted over the stunt. 

"Democrat Rep. Jamaal Bowman pulled the fire alarm in the Cannon building this afternoon and interrupted the official proceedings of the House as Republicans worked to keep the government open," Greene wrote at the time on X, formerly called Twitter

"I’m calling on the DOJ to prosecute him using the same law they used to prosecute J6 defendants for interfering with an official proceeding," she continued.

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