Congressman Louie Gohmert of Texas and Andrew Clyde of Georgia filed a lawsuit this week in Washington, DC against the House Sergeant-at-Arms; saying thousands of dollars in “metal detector fines” violate their rights.
The lawsuit directly challenges new security measures imposed by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi following the January 6th riots at the US Capitol.
“It is clear to me that the intent of the speaker is to gain improper influence over the actions of the minority Republican Party and to further speaker Pelosi’s false political narrative. That, and I quote, the enemy is within the House of Representatives, House Resolution 73 is a failure of logic built upon a foundation of Democrat lies that say Republican members and their voters are dangerous domestic terrorists,” Clyde told reporters Monday.
“In the lawsuit, Gohmert and Clyde argue Sergeant-at-Arms William Walker and Chief Administrative Officer Catherine Szpindor violated the 27th Amendment of the Constitution, which states, ‘No law varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and Representatives shall take effect, until an election of Representatives shall have intervened,’” reports the Washington Examiner.
“When you have that kind of power and you can delay Republicans from coming in and not enforce it against Democrats, you have a formula for a third-world, theocracy oligarch. This is insane. This is not the way Congress is supposed to work,” Gohmert said. “And that’s why this kind of stuff has never been done. Even in the 1920s, when the speaker had taken all the power to himself, that was not allowed to stand because part of the majority said we can’t allow this kind of concentration of power in the speaker.”
“On Feb 4th, Speaker Pelosi was caught bypassing the metal detectors but has failed to be fined,” stated Clyde on his website QueenPelosi.com. “I intend to be the Congressman who, against all odds, defeats unconstitutional overreach by the radical left and stands up for everyday Americans.”
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‘BIG TECH VS THE RIGHT’: Republicans Warn ‘You Could Be Next’ After Facebook Extends Trump Ban
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“It is a sad day for America. It’s a sad day for Facebook because I can tell you, a number of members of Congress are now looking at: Do they break up Facebook, do they make sure that they don’t have a monopoly? And I can tell you that it is two different standards, one for Donald Trump and one for a number of other people that are on their sites,” Trump’s former chief of staff Mark Meadows told “America’s Newsroom.”
“Facebook and Twitter and others have clearly established two different sets of rules. One if you’re a conservative or a Republican or have a different ideology than them and one if you’re a liberal,” Corey Lewandowski, a Trump’s longtime political adviser, said in a radio interview.
“This ‘decision’ is absurd,” conservative commentator Ben Shapiro wrote on Twitter.
“Facebook’s decision to uphold its ban on President Donald Trump is extremely disappointing. It’s clear that Mark Zuckerberg views himself as the arbiter of free speech,” Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., said in a statement.
Facebook’s Oversight Board on Wednesday upheld Trump’s ban from Facebook and Instagram, but said it was “not appropriate” to impose the “indeterminate and standardless penalty of indefinite suspension.”
“The Board has upheld Facebook’s decision on January 7, 2021, to restrict then-President Donald Trump’s access to posting content on his Facebook page and Instagram account,” the board said in a statement.
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‘EXECUTIVE OVERREACH’: Feds Halt Biden Order to Stop Deportations, Say Violates Current Law
A federal judge accused the Biden administration of “executive overreach” this week after the White House attempted to halt all deportations of illegal immigrants for 100 days pending a nationwide review.
“U.S. District Court Judge Drew B. Tipton stated in a Tuesday order that the directive from acting Homeland Security Secretary David Pekoske that halted removing those who already had final orders of removal against them appeared to run afoul of the Administrative Procedure Act, which governs how federal agencies conduct rulemaking. The same law was used to block a number of Trump administration actions as well,” reports Fox News.
“The Court finds that, by ordering a 100-day pause on all removals of aliens already subject to a final order of removal, it appears that the January 20 Memorandum is clearly not in accordance with, or is in excess of, the authority accorded to the Attorney General pursuant to 8 U.S.C. § 1231(a)(1)(A).”
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After Texas sued over the policy, the judge blocked Biden, via a temporary restraining order, from moving forward for 14 days, as reported by Reuters.
Texas’ lawsuit claims that the administration would be violating an agreement it has with the Department of Homeland Security – and would require at least 180 days’ notice, as well as consultation, prior to implementing changes in immigration policy. It is unclear whether those terms are enforceable, but similar agreements were struck with several other states under the former administration.
Fox News exclusively reported over the weekend that an email sent last week to ICE officers called for stopping “all removals” and to “release them [undocumented immigrants] all, immediately.”
Biden has pledged to move forward with a moratorium on deportations as his administration resets its approach toward U.S. immigration following the change in administration.
Noncitizens who have engaged in, or who are suspected to have engaged in, terrorism and espionage can still be deported.
The moratorium – which took effect on Friday – also does not apply to persons who were not physically present in the U.S. as of Nov. 1, 2020.
The Biden administration was planning to announce further guidance on the issue by Feb. 1.
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