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GOP congressman appeals Pelosi-ordered fine after bypassing House floor metal detectors

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Rep. Andrew Clyde, R-Ga., on Wednesday announced a formal appeal of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s, D-Calif., fines that he has incurred for refusing to follow metal detector protocols.

“Today, with the assistance of my private counsel, I appealed the fines I incurred as a result of my refusal to abide by Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s unconstitutional placement of magnetometers in front of the entrance to the Floor of the House of Representatives,” Clyde wrote in a statement.

Clyde claimed installation of the magnetometers was part of an effort to treat Republican lawmakers “as a threat.”

“The ongoing militarization of Capitol Hill, including the placement of metal fencing, razor wire, and the deployment of National Guard troops, are also part of this perverse strategy,” he wrote.

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In a YouTube video, Clyde worried that Democrats might be careening down a path toward introducing legislation that would create a “litmus test” for anyone who wants to serve in the armed forces or government.

The Georgia congressman said he filed his appeal with the House Ethics Committee.

A spokesperson for Pelosi’s office did not return Fox News’ request for comment.

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As previously reported by Fox News, Republicans are pushing Pelosi to pay her own fine for bypassing the magnetometers.

A first-time offense generates a $5,000 penalty. But continued noncompliance ups the fine to $10,000 for additional violations.

The metal detectors were installed at the House in the wake of the Jan. 6 siege on Capitol Hill and have been opposed by some Republicans from the outset. 

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