House Republicans scoff at new security measures in place at the US Capitol less than a week after Trump provoked a violent insurrection

AP lauren boebert
Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., center, smiles after joining other freshman Republican House members for a group photo at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Jan. 4, 2021.

  • A number of House Republicans sparred with Capitol police Tuesday over new security measures that were implemented in the wake of the Capitol siege on January 6.
  • Reporters at the Capitol building saw GOP lawmakers — including Reps. Lauren Boebert, Louie Gohmert, and Steve Scalise — scoffing at the newly installed metal detectors at the US Capitol.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

A number of House Republicans are flouting the new security measures put in place at the Capitol building in the wake of a violent insurrection attempt on January 6, according to reporters covering Capitol Hill.

After pro-Trump rioters breached the Capitol building last week, Capitol police implemented new safety protocols, including newly installed metal detectors and mask requirements.

Reporters present at the US Capitol on Tuesday night watched GOP lawmakers push past or blatantly walk around metal detectors, as the chamber votes on a resolution to call on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment, which would allow the vice president and some members of Trump’s cabinet to depose the president.

GOP freshman congresswoman Lauren Boebert, who has engaged with QAnon conspiracy theories, refused to walk through the metal detector and allow Capitol police to search her bag, according to reporter Marc Rod. Boebert was later allowed to enter the chamber; it’s unclear if her bag was searched.

Boebert was on the radar of the DC police after the freshman congresswoman released an ad saying she will “carry my firearm in DC and in Congress.”

Read more: DC police will reach out to a GOP freshman congresswoman who released an ad in which she appeared to walk around the US Capitol with a handgun

“It’s our job in Congress to defend your rights, including your Second Amendment, and that’s exactly what I’m here to do,” Boebert continued in the ad.

Metropolitan Police Chief Robert Contee III said Boebert would be “subjected to the same penalties for everyone else that’s caught on the District of Columbia street carrying a firearm unlawfully.”

HuffPost’s Matt Fuller tweeted that he saw “about 10 Republicans walk around the magnetometer” – among them, GOP Reps. Ralph Norman, Scott Perry, Jeff Duncan, and Steve Stivers, who told Capitol police that he believes metal detectors are unconstitutional.

GOP Reps. Markwayne Mullin and Steve Womack also refused to walk through the metal detectors, CNN’s Manu Raju tweeted, with both Republican lawmakers sparring with Capitol police over the new safety protocol.

Rep. Steve Scalise was photographed by Raju with his arms crossed in front of the magnetometer, calling the new protocol “untenable” because it “impedes the ability of members to come and vote. This is our job.”

Rep. Louie Gohmert walked around the metal detector, Fuller reported, telling police as he passed by: “You can’t stop me; I’m on my way to a vote.”

Aside from those who argued with Capitol police, GOP freshman Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, a QAnon supporter, complied with the new security measure. She thanked officers for their work while yelling at reporters present in the building, asking them where they were when people “burned the building and looted… do you guys remember that?”

Before entering the chamber, she turned back and said “all the media and all the liars and them, they’re not great.”

Read the original article on Business Insider

The Supreme Court handed Trump another loss in his efforts to overturn the election a day after his supporters stormed the Capitol

louie gohmert
UNITED STATES – DECEMBER 3: Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, and members of the House Freedom Caucus conduct a news conference to call on Attorney General William Barr to release findings of an investigation into allegations of 2020 election fraud, outside the Capitol on Thursday, December 3, 2020.

  • The Supreme Court rejected another challenge to President Donald Trump’s election loss Thursday.
  • It’s one of more than 40 court cases challenging his loss, none of which has succeeded.
  • The particular case was brought by Rep. Louie Gohmert, a Trump ally who tried to have Vice President Mike Pence, rather than American voters, decide the presidency.
  • Also on Thursday, the Trump campaign withdrew from appeals to election lawsuits in Georgia that they had already lost.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

The Supreme Court declined Thursday an effort from Trump ally Rep. Louie Gohmert to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.

The effort was one of 40 lawsuits pushed by President Donald Trump and his allies seeking to stop President-elect Joe Biden from assuming the office of the presidency since Trump lost the election more than two months ago. None have succeeded.

None of the nine Supreme Court justices – include the three Trump appointed – publicly objected to the order declining Gohmert’s challenge.

Also on Thursday, the Trump campaign’s attorneys said it would drop all further appeals in their losing lawsuits trying to challenge democracy in Georgia. Biden won a majority of the votes in Georgia, and the presidency.

Gohmert, a Republican congressman from Texas and a conspiracy theorist, argued in his lawsuit that federal courts should be able to grant Vice President Mike Pence, rather than American voters, the power to select the electors who will select the next president of the United States. Other federal courts unanimously rejected his lawsuit.

Gohmert was one of the leading members of Congress Wednesday who tried to block the certification of votes based on the false conspiracy theories that there were irregularities in the 2020 election.

His opposition continued even as Congress reconvened following an invasion by pro-Trump extremists who stormed the capitol building and ransacked its chambers. More than 100 Republicans in Congress objected to the certifying the results in a failed effort.

In the Georgia lawsuits, the Trump campaign said it reached a settlement with the state and that its lawsuits were no longer necessary.

Attorneys for the state of Georgia said in court that such a settlement did not exist.

“Rather than presenting their evidence and witnesses to a court and to cross-examination under oath, the Trump campaign wisely decided the smartest course was to dismiss their frivolous cases,” Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said in a statement.

Expanded Coverage Module: capitol-siege-module

Read the original article on Business Insider

A federal appeals court shot down a GOP lawmaker’s lawsuit against Mike Pence seeking to overturn the 2020 election

Mike Pence Donald Trump
President Donald Trump listens as Vice President Mike Pence speaks at a coronavirus briefing in February 2020.

  • A federal appeals court on Saturday evening threw out Rep. Louie Gohmert’s lawsuit against Vice President Mike Pence seeking to overturn the election.
  • Gohmert’s last-ditch legal effort asked the judges to empower Pence to “exercise the exclusive authority and sole discretion in determining which electoral votes to count for a given State.”
  • The appeals court judges noted that a lower court had already dismissed Gohmert’s lawsuit, and wrote in a one-paragraph order that “we need say no more.”
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

A federal appeals court threw out Rep. Louie Gohmert’s lawsuit against Vice President Mike Pence on Saturday evening, issuing a one-paragraph response rebuffing the lawmaker’s effort to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.

Gohmert’s last-ditch legal effort asked the judges to dismantle the Electoral Count Act of 1887 and instead empower Pence to “exercise the exclusive authority and sole discretion in determining which electoral votes to count for a given State.”

Pence will preside over the January 6 session of Congress certifying the election results, and will declare the winner of the presidency.

Louie Gohmert
Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas

President-elect Joe Biden won the election with 306 electoral votes over President Donald Trump’s 232 electoral votes. All states certified their election results throughout November and early December, and the Electoral College formally met on December 14 and affirmed Biden’s victory.

Pence and the Department of Justice responded to Gohmert’s lawsuit by asking the district court judge to toss Gohmert’s lawsuit. Gohmert filed his own response on Friday, arguing that Pence’s role as vice president should not be limited to “the glorified envelope-opener in chief.”

The three judges who sit on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals – two Reagan appointees and one Trump appointee – noted in their order that a lower court had already dismissed Gohmert’s case due to a lack of standing, meaning that Gohmert hadn’t adequately alleged an injury that could be traced to the defendant and remedied by the court.

“We need say no more, and we affirm the judgment essentially for the reasons stated by the district court,” the judges wrote. “We express no view on the underlying merits or on what putative party, if any, might have standing.”

Read the original article on Business Insider

A Republican lawmaker’s bid to overturn the presidential election by suing Mike Pence was dismissed in court

mike pence
Pence and the Justice Department had requested the judge dismiss the lawsuit.

  • A lawsuit brought by Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas and other Republicans seeking to overturn the 2020 presidential election was dismissed by a federal judge on Friday.
  • The lawsuit sought to give Pence the authority to accept or reject the election results of individual states when Congress meets next week to certify the Electoral College results.
  • The last-ditch effort was unlikely to succeed. Pence and the Justice Department had asked the judge to reject the request.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

A lawsuit brought by Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas and other Republicans seeking to overturn the 2020 presidential election was dismissed by a federal judge on Friday.

Gohmert filed a lawsuit against Vice President Mike Pence, attempting to have him declare President Donald Trump as the winner when Congress meets next week to certify the Electoral College results. The lawsuit argued Pence had the authority to choose which states’ electoral votes to count.

US District Judge Jeremy Kernodle said that Gohmert and the others lacked standing to sue, dismissing the lawsuit.

Kernodle, a Trump-appointed judge, said the plaintiffs did not suffer legally recognizable injury that could be traced to Pence, the defendant of the lawsuit. Gohmert’s lawyers said Friday night they will appeal the decision, The Washington Post reported.

President-elect Joe Biden won the election by receiving 306 electoral votes compared to Trump’s 232. The results have been certified in every state, and presidential electors cast their votes last month.

On January 6, Pence will oversee a joint session of Congress to formally certify the results. The event is typically a procedural one, confirming the winner that voters and the Electoral College have already chosen.

The lawsuit, which was filed by Gohmert and Trump supporters from Arizona, sought to give Pence the ability to reject individual state results, theoretically giving him the ability to reject states won by Biden and award Trump a second term, despite the will of the voters.

The last-ditch effort was unlikely to succeed. Earlier this week, Pence and the Justice Department said the lawsuit was misdirected and issued a request on Thursday asking the judge to reject the case.

In response, Gohmert said the vice president is not just “the glorified envelope-opener in chief” and asserted the lawsuit was rightfully directed at Pence.

He also mentioned the 140 House Republicans who reportedly plan to vote against the certification of the Electoral College vote during the joint session next week, though doing so would not prevent the confirmation of Biden’s win.

The session on Wednesday is likely to be contentious due to the planned objections. Trump is also encouraging supporters to demonstrate in DC on that day, tweeting about a “BIG Protest rally” on January 6.

The lawsuit was the latest in a string of legal defeats for Trump allies. Since the election, the Trump campaign and some of the president’s supporters have mounted dozens of legal challenges, winning zero out of at least 40 lawsuits.

Read the original article on Business Insider

After Pence told a court he was the wrong person to sue, Trump fans attempting to overturn the 2020 election told the judge he shouldn’t listen to the VP because he’s more than just a ‘glorified envelope-opener in chief’

pence gohmert
Rep. Louie Gohmert, Republican of Texas (left), is trying to sue to have Vice President Mike Pence (right) overturn the 2020 presidential election results.

  • In a last-ditch effort unlikely to succeed, Rep. Louie Gohmert is among those suing to try and make Vice President Mike Pence declare President Donald Trump the winner of the 2020 election.
  • President-elect Joe Biden won the election, and Pence is set to preside over a joint session of Congress to certify the results on Wednesday.
  • The Justice Department responded to Gohmert’s suit saying Pence was the wrong person to sue, and Gohmert responded by saying the vice president wasn’t just a “glorified envelope-opener in chief.”
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas wasted no time responding to the Justice Department’s request on New Year’s Eve to dismiss his lawsuit seeking to overturn the 2020 election.

In a last-ditch, futile effort, Gohmert and other diehard supporters of President Donald Trump are suing Vice President Mike Pence, attempting to get him to declare Trump the winner when he presides over the joint session of Congress to certify the Electoral College results on Wednesday.

President-elect Joe Biden won the election, capturing 306 electoral votes to Trump’s 232. Every state has certified its results, and the electors officially cast their ballots making Biden the president-elect in December. The final ceremonial event before Biden is inaugurated on January 20 is the joint session of Congress.

Read moreSecret Service experts are speculating in group chats about how Trump might be hauled out of the White House if he won’t budge on Inauguration Day

Pence and the Justice Department said in a court filing on Thursday that the vice president was the wrong person to sue, and asked the judge to deny Gohmert’s request.

On New Year’s Day, Gohmert and his allies fired back in a 55-page response saying the DOJ and Pence were wrong, and that the vice president is not just “the glorified envelope-opener in chief” and is the right person to sue to try and make Trump president again, the Washington Post first reported.

Trump’s allies argued that Pence could decide to change the rules when he presides over the joint session of Congress on Wednesday: “Under the Constitution, he has the authority to conduct that proceeding as he sees fit. He may count elector votes certified by a state’s executive, or he can prefer a competing slate of duly qualified electors. He may ignore all electors from a certain state. That is the power bestowed upon him by the Constitution.”

Gohmert’s filing also referenced the 140 House Republicans and one GOP senator who plan to object to the election results during the joint session as a reason to consider the case.

But Law&Crime reported that experts called the Gohmert lawsuit “preposterous.”

“Their lawsuit is defective for reasons noted by counsel for the defendants, including Vice President Pence,” Tulane Law’s Ross Garber told Law&Crime. “And their litigation is more a political and public relations campaign than an earnest effort to seek judicial resolution of a legitimate dispute.”

Wednesday should be a spectacle nonetheless. In addition to the expected objections in Congress, Trump is urging his supporters to rally in DC.

By contrast, when Biden presided over the joint session of Congress to certify the 2016 election results, the former vice president gaveled down objections from his Democratic colleagues and made Trump the 45th president.

See the full court documents of Gohmert’s latest filing and Pence’s response below:

Read the original article on Business Insider