Reps. Louie Gohmert del Texas, Andrew Clyde of Georgia and Lloyd Smucker of Pennsylvania were fined thousands of dollars each by the sergeant at arms after they skipped security screenings outside the House chamber that were put in place following the January 6, 2021, attacco al Campidoglio degli Stati Uniti. The trio then sued in DC District Court to challenge the House rules.
But Judge Timothy Kelly, un incaricato di Trump, on Monday dismissed the case, saying he did not have jurisdiction. The House sergeant at arms and the House’s top administrator were protected from the court wading into the House rules because of the Constitution’s Speech or Debate Clause, the judge determined.
“Qui, each challenged act of the House Officers qualifies as a legislative act,” Kelly wrote. “Così, the Speech or Debate Clause bars the Members’ claims.”