San Francisco Chronicle - (Sunday)

Top lawmaker appeals fine


The No. 3 House Democratic leader, Rep. Jim Clyburn, has been fined $5,000 after Capitol Police reported he avoided being screened before entering the House chamber, the House Ethics Committee said.

The South Carolina congressma­n, 80, is serving his 15th term in the House. He has appealed the fine, the committee said in a statement Friday.

Clyburn is the first Democrat to be fined under security screening rules the House imposed after the Jan. 6 storming of the Capitol by supporters of thenPresid­ent Donald Trump. Three Republican­s have been fined, most recently Kentucky Rep. Harold Rogers, 83, who has also appealed.

A Clyburn spokespers­on confirmed that the lawmaker was appealing the fine but declined to comment further.

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