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House Republicans are refusing to follow new safety rules at the Capitol and go through metal detectors after a deadly riot threatened their lives just one week ago.

Lawmakers made their way into the chamber Tuesday night to vote on whether to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove President Donald Trump from office after he incited a mob of his supporters to storm the Capitol on Jan. 6 in an effort to overturn the election results.

As part of new safety precautions in response to the insurrection, lawmakers must now walk through metal detectors to enter the chamber and vote. But many Republican members of Congress threw a fit at the idea of going through the same security check that everyone else does when entering the Capitol.

As HuffPost’s Matt Fuller reported, about 10 Republicans walked around the metal detectors as a group ― including Reps. Ralph Norman (S.C.) and Scott Perry (Pa.), while Rep. Jeff Duncan (S.C.) bypassed the metal detector right before the group did. Capitol Police guarding the door to the House floor appeared confused about what they should do, according to Fuller.

Capitol Police are technically not allowed to stop or detain members of Congress on their way to a vote, according to the Constitution. Under the Speech or Debate Clause, members of the House and the Senate cannot be arrested while at a session of their respective chamber, or while going to and from the same chamber. The only exceptions are if they’re committing treason, felony or breach of the peace.

A group of lawmakers then formed at the metal detectors outside the floor, consistently setting the machines off and needing to be inspected by Capitol Police. Rep. Steve Womack (R-Ark.) yelled that he was “physically restrained” from entering the floor, while Rep. Steve Stivers (R-Ohio) told police that he believes the metal detectors are unconstitutional.

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Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.), who has bragged before about wanting to carry a firearm at the Capitol, was in a standoff with Capitol Police over her bag setting off the metal detector, according to CNN’s Ryan Nobles. Boebert refused let Capitol Police search her bag even when they told her she could not be let onto the House floor until she did so. She was eventually let into the chamber, but Nobles could not confirm if Capitol Police ended up searching her bag beforehand.

Republicans became increasingly emboldened in defying the security measures, with one lawmaker setting off the metal detector and marching right into the chamber without stopping to get inspected by police, who didn’t stop him. Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) walked around the detector while telling police, “You can’t stop me; I’m on my way to a vote.”

Rep. Russ Fulcher (R-Idaho) pushed his way past a police officer after setting off the metal detector. Rep. Randy Weber (R-Texas) snuck past the metal detector and pushed through officers and another lawmaker. As lawmakers continued to file into the chamber, the number of Republicans who decided to test the police grew ― just six days after Capitol Police were overrun and one of them was killed.

Metal detectors are often used in schools, airports and for members of the public visiting the Capitol. They are meant to keep members of Congress safe, particularly ahead of Joe Biden’s presidential inauguration next week. But with dozens of Republicans outright ignoring the new security measures, they won’t protect anyone.
(Huff post)

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WATCH: MEDIA BLACKOUT! Look Who Just SWARMED The DC Capitol The Media Doesn’t Want You To See

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Cristina Laila from The Gateway Pundit reports, It’s not “domestic terrorism” when Black Lives Matter does it. Enraged Black Lives Matter militants (Biden supporters) surrounded the Capitol and screamed at police on Wednesday.

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Man arrested near U.S. Capitol with gun and 500 rounds of ammunition

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A Virginia man was arrested Friday when he tried to enter a restricted area near the U.S. Capitol with unauthorized credentials, a loaded handgun and hundreds of rounds of ammunition, according to police.

Wesley Allen Beeler of Front Royal, Virginia, was stopped by U.S. Capitol Police at about 6:30 p.m. Friday, according to a police report. He had driven up a security checkpoint at the intersection of E Street and North Capitol Street, about a half-mile from the Capitol building.

The arrest came at a time of high alert in Washington as it prepares for Wednesday’s inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. Barriers have been erected, streets closed and thousands of police and National Guardsmen deployed after supporters of President Donald Trump overran the Capitol on Jan. 6, when lawmakers were meeting to officially recognize Biden’s win.

While one officer was checking Beeler’s credentials, another noticed that he had several “firearm related decals” on the rear windshield of his Ford F-150 pickup truck, according to a police affidavit filed in District of Columbia Superior Court on Saturday. One of the decals said “Assault Life” and had a picture of a rifle; a second decal said “If they come for your guns, Give ‘Em your bullets first.”

The officers asked Beeler, 31, if he was carrying any weapons, and he said he had a Glock pistol under the center armrest of his truck, according to the court documents. The police handcuffed Beeler and found the Glock 9 mm pistol — with a loaded 17-round high capacity magazine — that had a bullet loaded into its firing chamber and the safety off.

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They also found 509 9-mm rounds of hollow point and ball ammunition, as well as 21 shotgun shells. The shotgun shells and the pistol were both described in the police affidavit as having been in plain sight.

Adgie O’Bryant Jr., a Washington-based attorney, was appointed to represent Beeler. A recording at O’Bryant’s office said he’s out of the office until May 21.

Efforts to reach Beeler were unsuccessful. However, his mother, Charlotte Beeler, said in a telephone interview with that her son carries a weapon for his job as a security officer, his occupation for many years. Ms. Beeler also said that she hadn’t been in contact with him since Friday, when he had been headed to work.

She also said that her son had recently risked his life to protect people while working as a guard.

Beeler was charged with possessing a hand gun that wasn’t registered in the District of Columbia, as well as having unregistered ammunition, according to the affidavit filed by police.

The court filing also said that the inauguration credentials that Beeler presented “were not authorized to enter the restricted area.” Capitol Police spokeswoman, Eva Malecki, said in an email that he presented a “non-government-issued credential.”

A D.C. Superior Court judge on Saturday released Beeler on personal recognizance and ordered him not to return to the city except to appear in court or meet with his lawyer, according to The Washington Post.

(Japantimes)

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VIDEO: Left-wing activist charged in Capitol riot after saying he was there to ‘document’

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A left-wing activist, John Sullivan,  who told Fox News last week that he’d followed a pro-Trump mob into the Capitol in order to “document” the siege is now the subject of a criminal complaint in connection with his alleged participation, according to the U.S. Justice Department.

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