Colorado Democratic Congressman Jason Crow told CNN ahead of U.S. President Donald Trump’s impeachment on Wednesday that he is looking at ways for Congress to expel or censure QAnon-affiliated Republican Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor-Greene.
Crow called Taylor-Greene’s affiliation with conspiracy theories “dangerous” and “depraved” in the aftermath of the pro-Trump attack on the U.S. Capitol, which was in part fueled by the QAnon conspiracy theory.
“We’re looking at our options within the House as to how we stop this,” Crow said. “And whether this is an expulsion proceeding, a censure, we can’t let this stand because this is exactly my point. Donald Trump is one thing, he’s shown us time and time again who he is. But he doesn’t do this without support.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi put metal detectors in the U.S. Capitol after the attack, including to get onto the House floor, to prevent members from bringing in guns.
Pelosi is proposing fines of up to $10,000 will be imposed on members who fail to abide by the security protocols of the House.
Wednesday’s announcement comes after metal detectors were set up outside the House chamber following last week’s attack on the Capitol. Some Republican lawmakers have expressed their displeasure about the new protocol and have been bypassing the metal detector entirely or walking through and not stopping when they set it off.
Pelosi says, “It is tragic that this step is necessary, but the Chamber of the People’s House must and will be safe.” She says, “Many House Republicans have disrespected our heroes by verbally abusing them and refusing to adhere to basic precautions.”
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The fine will be $5,000 for the first offense and $10,000 for the second offense. The Democratic-led House will vote on the rule change.
Earlier in the week, she imposed fines for those who fail to wear face masks during the COVID-19 crisis. Both fines will be deducted directly from members’ salaries.